Although the Caribbean celebrated its fifth Anniversary of the annual Regional HIV Testing Day, Belize joins this regional effort for the first time through the collaboration of Scotiabank Belize, Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Health and the National AIDS Commission.
In response to the need to heighten HIV awareness and public interest in testing, Belize joined regional partners in conducting HIV Testing and Counseling in four of the most affected districts across the country: A total of 830 tests were done countrywide so the country target of 500 was met. Belize City - 285 HIV rapid tests, Orange Walk - 250 HIV rapid tests, San Ignacio - 187 HIV rapid tests, Dangriga - 108 HIV rapid tests.
HIV testing is an important part of prevention and treatment efforts. Studies show that those who learn they are HIV positive modify their behavior to reduce the risk of HIV transmission.
The Ministry of Health extends special thanks to all participants who took part in the initiative.