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New HIV strain unlikely in B’dos

Barbadians are being assured that the new HIV strain discovered in Cuba is unlikely to reach Barbados.

The Ministry of Health said in a statement this evening that Barbados’ progress in its national HIV prevention and control campaign has minimized the likelihood of resistant strains of HIV occurring here.

It said actions taken include the identification of HIV cases, linking those cases to care, and providing HIV-specific drugs.

Senior Medical Officer of Health Dr Anton Best provided that information as he responded to the queries about the new strain which is causing patients to progress to full-blown AIDS within three years of becoming infected with HIV.

Other strains of the virus take 10 years to fully develop into the disease.

Dr Best explained that the new strain in Cuba, known as CRF19, was more lethal than other strains.

He said it had also been observed in Africa but in too few numbers to be fully researched. Experts had indicated, he said, that based on past experience in Africa, the appearance of the strain in Cuba was likely to remain an isolated incident.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has started discussions with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) regarding the new discovery and is conducting a review of the available literature.

The ministry has encouraged all Barbadians to practise safe sex and to continue to follow public health guidance with respect to the prevention and control of HIV.

Source: (BGIS)

7 Responses to New HIV strain unlikely in B’dos

  1. Victoria Lily
    Victoria Lily February 28, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Everything unlikely to reach Barbados until it does…

  2. Sheldon Cox
    Sheldon Cox February 28, 2015 at 9:53 am

    As long as people travel its gets everywhere. Can u tell if someone has it by looking

  3. Nikki Vs Nicksie
    Nikki Vs Nicksie February 28, 2015 at 10:07 am

    As long as people are having sex anything is possible…smh this government will be the end of Barbados as we know it.

  4. Seth St John
    Seth St John February 28, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Whoever said that obviously hasn’t seen Cuban women… Just saying

  5. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne February 28, 2015 at 11:33 am


  6. bernard and India walker February 28, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    doubt it. CRF19 world wide. You can test for it . Like you can finger prints or Voice prints . Eye check . The strain would not have a form that is in one spot. Like sun shine. Light is same . Local changes. Same source !!

  7. bernard and India walker February 28, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Safe sex is always the way . If you use bootleg drugs. and have sex . This gives it a half strength medicine to fight against . Like Raid being watered down . The Roach gets stronger . Catch me . 3 yrs is because of people not signing up for the real anti – virals. Some of my ex – friends are dead now by the same thing. Lots . Glad I Know my sex partners well and they know us .


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