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September 22, 2009
Jamaica’s battle against AIDS fought in the shadows

Jamaica may be on the verge of losing its battle against the AIDS epidemic because of deeply entrenched anti-gay attitudes and laws.

Correspondent Lisa Biagiotti, producer Micah Fink and director of photography Gabrielle Weiss report from the front lines of Jamaica’s battle against HIV and AIDS, a war waged in the shadows.




[…] if I might refer again to one of the Worldfocus seg­ments, the for­mer head of the national AIDS con­trol pro­gram said, “It would be good if we could repeal the sodomy, and that the entire gov­ern­ment and […]


[…] if I might refer again to one of the Worldfocus segments, the former head of the national AIDS control program said, “It would be good if we could repeal the sodomy, and that the entire government and […]


Wall Street Journal ..New AID Vaccine decrease by 33% .in HIV infection… Test on 18-30years olds …reveal..THE TRAIL WAS SPONSORED by THE U. S ARMY and conduted by the Tahiland Ministry of public hea.ths.NIAID,GSID and others.NOW YOU KNOW HOW WE ARE LOOKING FOR MORE TROUPS IN ASIA…


Although Jamaica treats gay men with scorn and basically blame them for the rampant spread of HIV and AIDS, this attitude is typical in many Caribbean islands. The issue with miss labeling this disease, while ignoring the sexual behavior of adults, is one of the major reasons why the Caribbean is facing this huge upsurge of AIDS and HIV. It’s time that the Caribbean wake up and face the music. This disease is much too serious to be labeled as a gay-man’s disease. We are not in the 1980s anymore.


interesting docu by the bbc that came out last on being gay in jamaica. v. relevent to your piece.


Hi Brenda:

For more info on homophobia, HIV and AIDS in Jamaica, please visit “The Glass Closet” — it’s a multimedia website produced by the Pulitzer Center.

Thank you,
Lisa Biagiotti


On your newscast concerning HIV in Jamaica, repeatively gay men were targeted as responsible for the spread of HIV in the general population.
Not to pigeon hole sexual orientation, but I believe that gay refers to homosexual men and NOT the bi-sexual men who were basically interviewed as part of the cause of the spread of HIV.
Maybe it was oversight on your reporter’s part, but this type of newcasting is typical of mis-labeling and thus misleading the public to better understand people’s sexual orientation and it’s affect in our society as a whole.
If it’s bi-sexual then say so and don’t label it as a ‘gay’ created problem.
thanks for the opportunity to voice my opinion!




Many U.S. studies (including an April study from the CDC) have debunked the sensationalized idea that men on the down low are the missing link between African-American women and HIV, so I would like more evidence for Dr. Figueroa’s assertion that closeted bisexual men are the bridge between women and HIV in Jamaica. What is the basis of this assertion? Field experience? Research? What are some possible alternative explanations for the high rate of HIV among straight Jamaican women?

Of course, destigmatizing gayness has many benefits and would definitely help everyone in Jamaica, but I really question this particular argument.

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