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More routine HIV testing

Published:Monday | September 15, 2008 | 4:09 PM

To date an estimated 27,000 persons are said to be living with HIV in Jamaica.

Health officials said more than half the number of affected persons are unaware that they have the disease.

Retired Chief of Epidemiology in the Health Ministry, Professor Peter Figueroa, said the move towards routine testing is in an effort to have more persons who are affected with HIV identified.

Professor Figueroa said testing of individuals is only being done on a voluntary basis.

He said most public hospitals have so far been testing about 30 percent of persons admitted.

Testing for HIV is also being done at some health centers, but only in specially identified cases.

Professor Figueroa said the persons tested for HIV are those who are present with a history of sexually transmitted diseases.