The Epidemic

Guyana has one of the highest prevalence rates of HIV infection in Latin America and the Caribbean, second only to Haiti. The adult prevalence is in the range of 0.8% to 7.7%, and WHO/UNAIDS estimate that approximately 15 000 to 20 000 adults and children were infected by the virus at the end of 2004. The epidemic has spread beyond the specific high-risk groups into the general population. Since 1987 when the first AIDS cases were reported, the epidemic has been growing progressively, with a cumulative 4502 AIDS cases reported at the end of the third quarter of 2004. The primary mode of transmission is heterosexual.

  • Population: 0.8 million
  • People living with HIV: 5,900
  • People receiving ART: 593

AHF Services in Guyana

AHF is helping to expand HIV testing and prevention of mother to child transmission in Guyana by conducting tests, counseling clients, and training others to do the same.

Project office in Georgetown

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