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Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean

Confronting HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean: The Issues and Prospects

Publication Date: 
December 2005

HIV/AIDS is now rife in the Caribbean, with potential devastating effects on the population, labour force and socio-economic development of the Region. The existing research literature identifies many factors which impact on the incidence and prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean and this study complements those by proposing potential solutions to the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Region. The article espouses that the key solution to the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean involves addressing the causes, including an aggressive social marketing of condoms, extensive education and improved awareness of the disease and its preventative measures, political will and the integration of HIV/AIDS programs in family planning programs and services. The article also points out that a sure way of controlling HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean is to address the cultural institutions, norms, values and practices which support the spread of HIVI/AIDS.

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