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Cayman’s true HIV/AIDS picture still unknown

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It’s World AIDS Day and millions around the globe gathered at various events to commemorate those lost to the disease.
One hundred and forty-five people are confirmed with the disease here in Cayman and Health Service Authority’s Laura Elniski says this figure could be higher because there’s still a stigma about getting tested.
This week the HSA is offering free HIV testing at all its institutions, but she says the response to the free testing has been slow..
“I think in every community there is people who do not know their status. We encourage people to get tested, but it’s not mandatory for Caymanians and permanent residents and their spouses so we really encourage those people to get tested. It’s hard to know when the true figure is,” Mrs Elniski, HSA STI/HIV Coordinator says.
Mrs Elniski says there’s an increase of infections in among young males in the 25 to 39 age range. While 39 males and 28 females are living with the disease the true picture of our HIV/AIDS situation remains unknown. Free HIV/AIDS testing continues until Saturday.

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 18 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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