Editorial: Living with HIV/AIDS

In observance of World Aids Day 2006, the Guyana Chronicle begins a series of six articles on the programmes used here to fight the disease. We begin, though, with a story of a university student, 24, currently employed at a commercial bank, who sees hope after testing positive for HIV/AIDS. His name has been withheld. HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death in Guyana in the 15-44 age group.

Editorial: Homophobia and Voluntary Blood Donation

On the occasion of World Blood Donor Day, we are pleased to note that the National Blood Transfusion Service has asked the media to work with them to encourage more voluntary donors. Please permit us to highlight, through the media, a serious case of stigma and discrimination which the NBTS indulges in , which perhaps would prevent voluntary blood donations. The NBTS it seems, has a public policy of refusing blood from the following persons.

World AIDS Day

At the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) held in June 2001, a declaration of commitment with regards to HIV/AIDS was drawn up and signed by all the United Nations memberstates. This declaration states that governments will strive to “enact, strengthen or enforce, as appropriate, legislation regulations and other measures to eliminate all forms of discrimination and to ensure the full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by people living with HIV/AIDS and members of vulnerable groups…and develop strategies to combat stigma and social exclusion connected with the epidemic”.