Barbados recorded the lowest number of deaths related to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in the Caribbean for last year.
Latest data from the UNAIDS has revealed that 100 people died of the sexually transmitted disease in Barbados in 2015, compared to Belize, Guyana and Suriname, which each recorded 200 AIDS-related deaths.
Barbados also has the least number of people living with HIV in the region – 2,600.
However, it tied with Belize and Suriname as the countries with the lowest number of newly infected people with HIV – 200. They were followed by Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and the Bahamas with 500 new cases each.
According to the statistics revealed by the UN agency to coincide with today’s World AIDS Day commemoration, 43 per cent of Barbadian adults living with HIV are being treated with antiretroviral medicines. And compared to other regional states, the island ranks seventh in terms of the percentage of adults who have access to such treatment.
Overall, Haiti recorded the highest number of deaths in the region — 8,000 — while neighbouring Dominican Republic was next with 3,100.