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Jamaica: HIV/AIDs Patients To Get Online Access To Private Health Services

Jamaicans living with HIV/AIDS will now be able to access clinicians, laboratories and pharmacies within the private sector, with the launch of Health Connect Jamaica (HCJ), which aims to provide an alternative to the public-health system for HIV care.

The project was launched Wednesday at the Faculty of Medical Sciences at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, and is partly funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Country representative for USAID, Jason Fraser, said the project has been in gestation for nine months and hopes that it will contribute to an AIDS-free society by 2030. There are currently more than 32,000 people living with HIV in Jamaica, but only about 84 per cent of them know their status.

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