The Bahamas is home to 3% prevalence of PLHIV; this study addresses the gap in the literature. Findings can assist in the development of culturally competent programmes that are congruent with masculine ideology, in the context of safer sex behaviours.
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This issue of the Journal is devoted to HIV/AIDS; a follow-up to the first Special Issue on HIV/AIDS in Adults (1). There have been two productions in Paediatric AIDS (2, 3). There is a wide cross-section of articles on HIV/AIDS in this issue.
In this special issue of the Journal on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), there are various articles dealing mostly with HIV in the adult and covering a varied spectrum. This compilation of articles gives a broad view of some of the psychosocial and clinical aspects of HIV in the Caribbean and other countries eg Nigeria, Botswana, China and Greece.
Advantages attributed to male circumcision include protection against a range of sexually transmitted diseases. The frequency of HIV transmission from females to males has been found to be reduced by male circumcision in regions of Sub-Saharan Africa. The relevance of these data to the Caribbean is explored.
The majority of strains of HIV-1 isolated from HIV-1 infected individuals in Jamaica were found to be HIV- 1 subtype B. The less frequently found HIV-1 subtypes were C, D and E and some strains were untypable by the methods used.
This exploratory study of the perceptions of the Grenadian Faith-based Community about HIV/AIDS
and persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV/AIDS) brought to the fore the multiple socio-economic and cultural dimensions that underlie HIV/AIDS and that must be considered in prevention efforts as well as in the development of appropriate strategies to support PLHIV/AIDS.
Objective: This exploratory study conducted in 2008 aimed at gathering the views and opinions of leaders of the faith-based community (FBC) in Grenada about the increased incidence of HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean region including their beliefs and attitudes towards persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV/AIDS).