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HIV Rates Still High
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By RESHMA BAAL Tuesday, February 15 2011
The Ministry of Health has stated that its HIV/AIDS campaigns have been successful, but the rate of new HIV infections continue to be relatively high in Trinidad and Tobago.
Speaking at a press conference at the Ministry of Health, Park Street, Port-of-Spain yesterday, Dr Brian Amour, acting director of the HIV/AIDS Coordinating Unit of the ministry, advised citizens to get tested.
“Don’t wait to get tested. Even if you have tested negative before, it’s your personal responsibility to get tested on a regular basis,” he said. Health Minister Therese Baptiste-Cornelis also advised members of the public to practise “safe sex, and be fateful to one partner.”
She explained that if one was to be involved in any sexual activity, “make sure you cover up.
“Pharmacies now have made getting condoms so much easier, as they have them right at the cashiers, in all sizes, shapes, colours and tastes.”
The minister also stated the ministry and its regional health authorities have begun to put in place measures for the expected “influx of pregnancies in the next nine months.”
In a statement, the ministry also said the Accident and Emergency Departments of hospitals during the Carnival season should only be utilised for emergencies only.
“You should only visit them if you were in a motor vehicle accident, gunshot or chop wounds, severe bleeding, asthmatic conditions, allergic reactions, severe chest pain, near drowning, high fever in babies and toddlers, excessive vomiting in adults and children, severe burns, ingestion of toxic substances,” the ministry said.