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Ministry training health care staff to deal with sexually diverse groups

Published:Saturday | November 16, 2013 | 9:39 AM

The ministry of health is currently spearheading an initiative to make its health care facilities more friendly to gays, lesbians, trans-gender and other sexually diverse individuals, according to the Clarendon's medical officer of health, Dr Kimberly Scarlett-Campbell.

Scarlett-Campbell, in an address to the Clarendon's Parish Council yesterday afternoon, reported that health care personnel are currently undergoing a series of training to equip them to deal with sexually diverse groups.

She says they should be in a better position to serve gays and lesbians by the first quarter of next year.

She says discrimination is driving away persons from public health care institutions.

Scarlett-Campbell says there is a 33 per cent HIV prevalence rate among homosexuals in comparison to a 1.7 per cent national average.


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