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U.S. to Send HIV Experts to Caribbean to Fight Infection, Thompson Says
HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson Saturday told a meeting of more than 20 health ministers from Caribbean countries that the United States will send CDC health experts to those nations to help fight the spread of HIV infection,
AP/Newsday reports. At the meeting, which was held in Guyana, Thompson also announced that the United States will help fund HIV prevention efforts in the Caribbean by donating a total of $1.6 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria through next year and $20 million to the Pan-Caribbean Partnership Against AIDS (Wilkinson, AP/Newsday, 4/20). According to the United Nations, more than 420,000 people living in the Caribbean are infected with HIV, making the region the second most affected area in the world after sub-Saharan Africa. "We have as much to learn from this partnership as you do from us," Thompson said, adding that the demographic profiles of HIV infection in the Caribbean "frequently mirror" those of the United States (Agence France-Presse, 4/20).
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