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What is HIV?

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the body's immune system. If HIV is not treated, it can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).

How do I know if I have HIV?
The only way to know for sure whether you have HIV is to get tested. Knowing your HIV status helps you make healthy decisions to prevent getting or transmitting HIV.

 


How to prevent HIV?
You can use strategies such as abstinence (not having sex), never sharing needles, and using condoms the right way every time you have sex.

About the Behaviour Change and Communication Prevention Team:

The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) Behaviour Change and Communication (BCC) prevention team main objective is to reduce the transmission of new HIV infections through universal access to prevention and support services, with special focus on the most at-risk populations (MARPs) in the region Through the principal coordinating unit Ministry of Health and wellness (MOHW), the Government of Jamaica coordinates activities through the National HIV/STI/Tb Unit where coordination and implementation of activities are aimed at increasing knowledge/awareness of Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) services, increasing HIV and Syphilis testing, increase Knowledge Attitudes Practices and Behaviours in a bid to  decrease incidents of new  HIV infections, linking positive clients to Treatment Care and Support and attaining viral suppression among people living with HIV/AIDS and attaining the UNAIDS 90/90/90 goal.

Strategies

The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) Behaviour Change and Communication (BCC) prevention team main objective is to reduce the transmission of new HIV infections through universal access to prevention and support services, with special focus on the most at-risk populations (MARPs) in the region Through the principal coordinating unit Ministry of Health and wellness (MOHW), the Government of Jamaica coordinates activities through the National HIV/STI/Tb Unit where coordination and implementation of activities are aimed at increasing knowledge/awareness of Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) services, increasing HIV and Syphilis testing, increase Knowledge Attitudes Practices and Behaviours in a bid to  decrease incidents of new  HIV infections, linking positive
clients to Treatment Care and Support and attaining viral suppression among people living with HIV/AIDS and attaining the UNAIDS 90/90/90 goal.

Target Groups

These are the groups the prevention team targets:

  • Men who have Sex with Men (MSM)

  • Transgender Individuals (TGs)

  • Female Sex Workers (FSWs)

  • Sexually Active Adults

  • Adolescents/Youths

  • Homeless

  • Prison Inmates

Services

The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) HIV prevention team provides the following services in the parish of KSA, STC and STT:

  • One to one risk reduction conversations

  • Presentation about Sexual and reproductive Health

  •  Information on HIV/STIs

  • Voluntary Counseling on testing (VCT) for HIV and Syphilis

  • Referrals

Click here for more about our National HIV/STI/TB Programme

Contact Us

KSA – Maxfield Park Health Center
Telephone #
@ksa_hiv_prevention

STC – Portmore Health Center
Telephone #
@stc_healthservices


STT – Morant Bay Health Center
Telephone #
@eastside_prevention_squad

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