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USAID works with the Ministry of Health and its partners to reduce HIV transmission among key populations. Activities also focus on reducing stigma and discrimination.

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the U.S. Government initiative to help save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS around the world. This historic commitment is the largest by any nation to combat a single disease internationally, and PEPFAR investments also help alleviate suffering from other diseases across the global health spectrum. PEPFAR is driven by a shared responsibility among donor and partner nations and others to make smart investments to save lives.

Currently, there are an estimated 32,000 Jamaicans living with HIV. Some of the important factors driving the HIV epidemic include multiple concurrent partners (including Men who have Sex with Men (MSM), who have sex with women and/or other MSMs), insufficient condom use, gender inequality, and stigma and discrimination. 

PEPFAR is working with the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) to reduce the transmission of HIV. The focus of this partnership is on key vulnerable populations, including sex workers, men who have sex with men, and people living with HIV. To date this partnership has reached thousands of key populations through workshops and outreach efforts, and has also helped to create two safe spaces in Kingston for key populations to access HIV counseling and testing and other prevention and care services.

The GOJ is also working with civil society organizations to ensure that HIV prevention is being addressed across the island.

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Positive Health, Dignity, and Prevention (PHDP) [PDF, 237K]

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Last updated: January 06, 2016

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