Dominica joins the rest of the world to observe World AIDS Day today under the theme: “Let Communities Lead”.
World AIDS Day, designated on December 1, every year since 1988, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who’ve died of the disease.
Acting Coordinator of Dominica’s HIV/AIDS Response Unit, Lester Guye who spoke to State-Owned Radio DBS said response to health is not only centered around the healthcare system, but it is centered around every individual.
“We are looking to shift away from the Ministry of Health or Healthcare providers’ response, but communities have to respond,” he said. “The same situation we presented with Covid where everybody was involved in prevention, this is what we are asking for with HIV.”
Furthermore, he said today is a time for reflection.
“Reflecting and supporting persons who have been infected or affected with the disease over the years and also taking the initiative to be part of the prevention,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Guye said testing is ongoing at the National HIV and AIDS Response unit from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The office is located at 21 Hanover Street next to Western Union.
He pointed out that testing will also be done in Grandbay and St Joseph in the coming weeks.
The public is being advised to contact their health district officer or health district nurse for information on the days testing will be done.