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Yet most countries in the region have limited capacity to track the evolution of their epidemics, and are relying on data and systems that do not necessarily match the realities they are facing. 3%, the Caribbean is the second-most affected region in the world. In five countries (the Bahamas, Belize, Guyana, Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago), national prevalence exceeds 2%. Overall, the highest HIV-infection levels among women in the Americas are in Caribbean countries and AIDS has become the leading cause of death in the Caribbean among adults aged 15–44 years (Caribbean Epidemiology Centre, PAHO, WHO, 2004).

3% just two years earlier (Ministère de la santé Madagascar, 2003). However, it is too early to know whether this heralds a trend, since other HIV indicators (such as prevalence among sex workers) have remained low. 2004). Ethiopia’s epidemic is most severe in urban areas, including in the capital Addis Ababa. However, there are encouraging signs that the declining HIV trend among pregnant women in the capital (first detected in 1997) is continuing. By 2003, HIV prevalence in the city had fallen to 11%, less than half the level (24%) it had reached in the mid-1990s.

However, the In the Bahamas and Barbados, there are signs that stronger prevention efforts could be nudging HIV-infection levels lower. of people infected with HIV—the majority of them aged between 20 and 34 years— are aware of their serostatus. Most infections are occurring through heterosexual intercourse. 5%. The miners, all young men, divide their lives between six to eight week work shifts and two weeks of rest at their homes near the coast. , 2002). 34 same trend is not apparent elsewhere in the country.

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