Dr. Figueroa gives inaccurate data on HIV in MSM in the Bahamas.

 

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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Peter Figueroa on HIV in MSM

 

 

The following article appeared in the Jamaica Observer of Monday , November 21st, 2011

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Buggery-laws-choking-HIV-control_10221314

Buggery laws choking HIV control

Lower prevalence rate in men in countries without restrictions

By INGRID BROWN Observer senior reporter browni@jamaicaobserver.com

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Pointing to The Bahamas which repealed its buggery laws inn 1991, de Groulard said that the prevalence rate now stands at 8 per cent among gay men.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%

see below

 

 

Bahamas HIV data

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