In the post below two experts give wrong data on the prevalence of HIV among MSM in the Bahamas. They both claim that the Bahamas is a country in which there is no buggery law and has HIV rates less than or about 10%.
It is true that the Bahamas has no buggery law but it is not true that its HIV rate among MSM is 10%
What is strange about this is that the figure of 8.18% was initially reported in 2007 based on 2006 figures. In the report of 2009 , based on data obtained in 2008 the prevalence was determined to be 25.64%.
It is puzzling why in 2011 Michel de Groulard, at the time regional programme adviser of UNAIDS Caribbean Regional Support Team and in this year 2014 Professor Figueroa, in the clip above , still cite the debunked 2006 figure when data from the Bahamian government is freely available as shown below.
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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Pointing to The Bahamas which repealed its buggery laws inn 1991, de Groulard said that the prevalence rate now stands at 8 per cent among gay men.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.
Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Buggery-laws-choking-HIV-control_10221314#ixzz1eLo9iHj0
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%