The following article appeared in the Jamaica Observer of Monday , November 21st, 2011
Buggery laws choking HIV control
Lower prevalence rate in men in countries without restrictions
By INGRID BROWN Observer senior reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, November 21, 2011
NASSAU, The Bahamas — Michel de Groulard, regional programme adviser of UNAIDS Caribbean Regional Support Team said that data has shown a significantly lower HIV prevalence rate among gay men in Caribbean countries without buggery laws.
According to de Groulard, the HIV prevalence rate among men who have sex with men (MSM) in three Caribbean countries without buggery laws namely Bahamas, Haiti and Suriname was less than 10 per cent in all cases.
This he said is in comparison to Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana where the prevalence rate is more than 20 per cent for these countries with buggery laws.
Pointing to The Bahamas which repealed its buggery laws inn 1991, de Groulard said that the prevalence rate now stands at 8 per cent among gay men. This is despite Bahamas having the highest prevalence rate in the Caribbean.
However in Jamaica, where the buggery laws remain firmly on the books, de Groulard said that the prevalence rate among gay men is a whopping 32 per cent.
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Mr. Michel de Groulard claims appear to contradict data on Page 22 of the document Bahamas -2010 Country Progress Report prepared by The National HIV / AIDS Centre, Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Government of the Bahamas which indicates :
1. Data on HIV in MSM in the Bahamas are preliminary
2. Initial estimates in 2006, reported 2007, were 8.18%
3. The estimates in 2008, reported 2009, increased to 25.64%
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