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Male bisexuals identified as main carriers of HIV

Samuel Sukhnandan, SNO Reporter

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Dr. Cleophas d’Auvergue.

Recently released statistics from the Ministry of Health suggests there are more cases of men who have sex with both men and women spreading the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) than is known.

Principal Officer of the HIV Unit of the Ministry of Health and senior Medical Officer, Dr. Cleophas d’Auvergue told Saint Lucia News Online in a recent interview that the data indicates more men are becoming infected with HIV by indiscriminate sexual behaviours than women at a “disproportionate rate.”

He said last year the island had 75 percent of men compared to 25 percent of women infected with HIV. That trend, he said, has been persistent over the past five years.

“So they say one thing, but in reality it’s different and perhaps we have more (male) bisexuals who are actually transmitting the virus … They are partners with both men and women,” he added.

Dr d’Auvergue explained that statistics show 30-50 percent of people under HIV care are men, and out of that, four percent admitted to having sex with men and women.

“So you have transmission in pockets. Perhaps that is why more men are more at risk of being co-infected with both syphilis and gonorrhea too,” the HIV specialist noted.

MSMs and commercial sex workers are considered high risk groups, and they are more prone to contracting and spreading the virus. Social economic factors were also cited, as reasons for the spread of the infection here.

“It’s not like we have not been educating them; the message is out there but somehow people are not getting it and they feel saturated with it,” Dr d’Auvergue stated.

Dr d’Auvergue, who is also the principal investigator for the U.S funded PEPFAR Programme here, said the HIV Unit plans to change its strategies toward addressing the spread of HIV. Populations most at risk of contracting the virus and those infected will be targeted first.

“We want to focus on targeted education …We are trying to put money where the problem is. The first part is to find the problem and directing resources.” The HIV unit also plans to launch a mapping analysis, to assist with its plan. Rapid testing in selected communities that have high prevalence of HIV will also be initiated. The unit also plans on promoting HIV education in the ambits on chronic care, which will draw people’s attention to the virus. The unit also plans on addressing more aggressively the issue of stigma and discrimination.

Over the past five years, the island has recorded 50 to 70 new HIV positive cases. Last year, there was an eight percent.

“People still have high risk behaviours. They still have unprotected sex; they still have multiple partners and they still have transactional sex…” Dr. d’Auvergue explained.

This, notwithstanding, the mortality rate among HIV infected people has reduced to 25 percent.

 

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20 comments

  1. LUCIAN to the bone

    …..and whats more shocking is that those nasty bisexual men…hide their dirty tricks from women that they deal with, sometimes have kids with those women……..but guess what…BY THEIR FRUITS SHALL WE KNOW THEM…most times we see it manifested in their kids...

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  2. LGBT community like they call themselves....All they wanna do is to promote their...."Nastiness and Immorality" trying to Plague Societies with all their Filthiness and Dirty Livity.....

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  3. walk a straight path

    I know one who called me paco at school and well into my teenage years. Now heard his wife caught him well in the act with a man.....I'm married to a woman and contented with what I get every night sometime in the morning and lunch....so just to show you!!

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  4. People please read the statement again. Dr. D'auvergue did not say 30-50 per cent of the island male population is in being treated for HIV. He said 30-50 percent of the HIV population in care/ treatment are male. e.g if there are 100 positive cases of HIV in care 30-50 of those cases are males. Please understand the statistic. He did not give a figure for the incidence of HIV infection for St.Lucia.

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  5. Oh boy.
    Anal worshipers.

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  6. I hope people will read this and learn . all of those looking for morning after pills, it doesn't protect you from HIV. A lot of young people in St Lucia have multiple partners. Do you know your partners status?Just because they look strong and healthy doesn't mean they don't have it. Be wise people condomise. Leave the morning after pill for real emergencies.

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  7. Can we not round up all these fags and ship them off somewhere. Problem Solved

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    • You may be shocked at the number of your friends, co-workers, pastors, teachers, government ministers that would be shipped.

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    • You make a comment like that yet still the name you use is a verse of scripture highlighting the grace of God and the ability of the blood of Jesus to cleanse away all wickedness...Please refrain from using the bible to promote your doctrine of hate

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  8. Stated above - Dr d’Auvergue explained that 30-50 percent of the island’s male population are under HIV care, which is far more than the estimated transmission of men who have sex with men (MSM,) which is approximately four percent.

    Is that 30-50% of men in St. Lucia have HIV?

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    • he meant 30-50% of HIV men are under HIV care means they taking the treatment of r their condition

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    • It says "30-50 percent of people under HIV care are men". This doesn't mean out of the entire population of men on the island.

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    • You people need to read and understand. That is why the English language does beat you'll. Mr. d'Auvergue said "30-50% of people who are taking treatment for HIV are men" Not 30-50% of the male population have HIV.

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  9. Omg that is so shocking,never realized the HIV rate was that high

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  10. this is shocking.....

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  11. 30-50 percent of the island’s male population are under HIV care..Bull...

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  12. AA I tell yourll mun already " Las Bull maysyay".

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  13. People wake up and change your lifestlyes. Be what you want to be but live healthy lifestyles.

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  14. I wonder what Kenieta Placide go say about that one huh??! Promoting gay rights all over the place if man want to bull dats ok but don't bull man and then deal with woman stay in your section!

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  15. Dirty men, some of them pretend to love women but batty boys.Disgusting

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