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February 18, 2016

"The outgoing Chairman of PANCAP, St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Denzil Douglas, said that the region could continue to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic by making a renewed commitment to revisit the discriminatory laws," CMC/Jamaica Observer reports (11/2).

"Among men who have sex with men, HIV prevalence varies from an estimated 6.1 percent in the Dominican Republic to 32 percent in Jamaica. HIV prevalence among female sex workers - another key affected population in the region - varies from 2.7 percent in the Dominican Republic to 27 percent in Guyana," IPS adds. "According to the UNAIDS report, HIV prevention programmes reach less than 40 percent of men who have sex with men and less than 50 percent of female sex workers in the region," the news service writes (11/3).

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe, noting the scope of laws that criminalize homosexuality, said, "It is a global issue and we need to address it in a very strategic manner. For me what is important in the case of the Caribbean is to review the laws because you have two-thirds of the countries in the Caribbean who have those punitive laws against most at risk populations," Sidibe said, according to CMC/Jamaica Observer.

CMC/Jamaica Observer also includes comments by Annan and Douglas regarding the move to revisit the region's laws (11/2).

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