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Friday, June 16, 2006 

Friday June 16, 2006

Magazine Launched to FOCUS ON HIV/AIDS

Collaboration between media personnel, Rotary (Service) Clubs and the National Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS has resulted in the production of a glossy magazine entitled Focus on HIV/AIDS

The official launch took place on Wednesday 7th June at the Angelus Resort when members of the Rotary Clubs and Media participated in a formal programme at which Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Mr. Elvis Newton, was the featured Speaker.

It is foreseen that the magazine will fill the great need to have reliable information in one place that will answer the many questions people ask about HIV/AIDS and so it is expected to eliminate ignorance about the subject. It is also hoped that it will be a force that will bring about the end of discrimination against persons living with HIV/AIDS.

In the magazine one can find answers to questions many were afraid to ask such as "Is oral sex safe?" and those that were not previously linked to the topic e.g. "What does Tuberculosis have to do with HIV/AIDS?"

Also included in the Magazine are experiences of the actual victims of HIV/AIDS, some social scenarios and information of the Care, Treatment and Support of People Living with HIV/AIDS.

The Magazine was produced by Media in Support of People Living with HIV/AIDS (MISOPLWHA) whose President, Rawle Nelson, gave the Vote of Thanks at the Launch. Ms Betty Ann Gilbert, Project Coordinator has been described as the driving force behind the magazine while Ms Toni Frederick of WinnFM has been appointed as Media Ambassador for MISOPLWHA.

The Rotarians have demonstrated once again that they ''do care about the health and welfare of the persons in our community'' by fully lending their support to the production of this magazine. Commendations to the Rotary Clubs has come from CARICOM''s Assistant Secretary General, Edward Greene. He lauded them for pioneering this NGO response to end the stigma and discrimination related to HIV/AIDS.

It is hoped that the magazine will come to the hands of the right people and not just those already converted.

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