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Medical News & Perspectives
June 20, 2001

HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean

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JAMA. 2001;285(23):2961-2963. doi:10.1001/jama.285.23.2961

Bilali Camara, MD, MPH, has 36 million reasons for the United Nations General Assembly to carefully consider the Caribbean region when it meets next week to discuss HIV/AIDS for the first time.

The Caribbean's English-speaking countries, a focus of tourism and trade, are populated by a mere 6 million people. Add those who reside in the Spanish-, French-, and Dutch-speaking countries and the region's population soars to 36 million. "People do not take this into consideration," said Camara, who heads the Special Program on Sexually Transmitted Infections of the Caribbean Epidemiology Center (CAREC) in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. "The reality is, if you add us all together, we are not small anymore." (1.)