December 5, 2013
By Dara Gordon, Intern, CIDA/DFATD's International Youth Internship Program (IYIP)
I've been living in Antigua and Barbuda as an intern through CIDA/DFATD's International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) for four months working with an HIV prevention organization and while the weather is balmy and the beaches are sunny, HIV is just as present here as it is elsewhere in the world. In fact, outside of Sub-Saharan Africa, research shows that the Caribbean has the highest HIV prevalence rate in the world. But the discourse of HIV in the Caribbean isn't about access to anti-retrovirals (ARVs) nor is it about children orphaned by AIDS or increasing the number of HIV positive pregnant women accessing testing at antenatal clinics as the discussions often are in many African countries.