Latin America and the Caribbean

We’re on the frontline in Latin American and the Caribbean, where marginalised groups face the greatest risk of HIV infection.

Although the prevalence of HIV in this part of the world is relatively low, the number of infections in some Latin American and Caribbean countries, such as Mexico, is on the rise.

What’s more, marginalised groups, such as sex workers, tend to be disproportionately affected. For example, in Bolivia the overall rate of infection is just 0.3%, rising to 25.4% among men who have sex with men. This is because many of these groups face discrimination, and even violence, making it harder to access HIV prevention information or treatment.

The work we do with our partners is helping to change that.

For example, in Haiti, extreme poverty, political instability and poor quality health services combined with extensive damage caused by the 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew in 2016 has made vital treatment even harder to access for those living with HIV.

Did you know?

● Around 41% of HIV infections across Latin America in 2017 were among gay men and other men who have sex with men.
● 1.1 million people in Latin America were accessing treatment in 2017; 61% of people living with HIV.
● In the Caribbean, Haiti alone accounts for almost half of new HIV infections and deaths due to AIDS-related illness.
● Gay men and other men who have sex with men accounted for nearly a quarter of new infections in 2017 in the Caribbean.

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