National Infectious Disease Control Unit (NIDCU) 440-2649 or 435-7151
Ministry of Health, Ministerial Complex, St. George’s
Health professionals at NIDCU will Counsel, Assist, Respect & Educate.
They also provide the following services:
Referrals to support services, like ophthalmology, gynecology, social services department, nutritional services
Antiretroviral medication for persons who need them
Medication for opportunistic infections like TB, pneumonia, candidiasis, herpes
Treatment for sexually transmitted infections
Discrimination against people living with HIV & AIDS hurts everybody.
Because fear of discrimination ….
Prevents people from acknowledging they are HIV positive
May prevent HIV positive persons from seeking treatment
Prevents people from getting tested
May stop people from using condoms and adopting other preventative behaviours, even when they know they are HIV positive
Often forces people to pretend they are not homosexual and engage in same sex relationships as well as heterosexual relationships
Limits the education, care and support which communities, families, and partners can provide
May prevent AIDS patients from getting the treatment they need, leading to the spread of illness, such as tuberculosis, among the wider population.
Fear of discrimination prevents national authorities from getting a true picture of the epidemic. This affects planning and provision of services for people with HIV and for people from other vulnerable groups.
Discrimination does not protect against HIV, it hurts.