J$114 million pumped into HIV programme

HIVRibbonAKingston, Jamaica — The Government has allocated $114 million towards the Transitional Funding Mechanism Project in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the Standing Finance Committee of Parliament.

The project seeks to strengthen the focus on prevention activities with key populations and to support procurement of laboratory supplies, monitoring and evaluation and other activities of the National Programme.

To date, 833 men who have sex with men (MSM) have been counselled and tested for HIV and received their results.

Other achievements include the counselling and testing of 1,534 female sex workers for HIV; 283 homeless drug users counselled and tested for HIV and received their results; 735 inmates tested and counselled for HIV and received their results; 6,309 out-of-school youth counselled and tested for HIV and received their results; and some 8,383 female sex workers from the targeted audience reached with HIV prevention activities.

Also, 2,994 MSM from the targeted audience were reached with HIV prevention activities; 12,662 out-of-school youth from the targeted audience reached with HIV prevention activities; and 495 homeless drug users from the targeted audience reached with HIV prevention activities.

For the 2015/16 financial year, the project seeks to conduct HIV prevention activities and to support treatment and care of persons living with HIV.

The project is funded by the Government of Jamaica and the Global Fund.

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