Nearly 1,200 people died from acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) in The Bahamas between 2008 and 2017, a United Nations (UN) report revealed.
The Bahamas’ country progress report, which was released by the UN, noted that 1,167 individuals died from AIDS-related causes during that period.
Ninety-two people died from AIDS in 2017.
Men accounted for 57 percent of the AIDS-related deaths in 2017. Thirty percent of the men who died were between 40 and 49.
The report showed that there was a 31 percent decrease in AIDS-related deaths since 2008.
Between 1985 and 2017, there were 5,292 AIDS-related deaths in The Bahamas.
According to the Ministry of Health, the number of people who have died from AIDS decreased by 52 percent since 1985.
Roughly 5,297 people are living with HIV or AIDS in The Bahamas.
Men who have sex with men account for 19.6 percent of people living with AIDS.
Prisoners make up 2.2 percent.
There are 2,400 women living with AIDS in The Bahamas.
Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands said there were 96 new cases of AIDS diagnosed in The Bahamas in 2017.
This figure included 33 individuals who were newly diagnosed with HIV in 2017.
“This represented a 61 percent decrease in new AIDS diagnoses since 2008,” Sands said during his budget contribution.
“A total of 1,783 persons were diagnosed with AIDS in The Bahamas between 2008 and 2017.”
He said men represented 51 percent of the diagnosed cases in 2017.
Sands said 75 percent of the diagnosed patients were Bahamian.
“Persons aged 30 to 39 made up the largest percentage of cases,” the minister said.
“The median age of new AIDS diagnoses in 2017 was 40 years old for both males and females. New AIDS cases ranged from seven years to 76 years. Twenty-three percent of people newly diagnosed with AIDS in 2017 died by the end of the year. The proportion of deaths was higher among males than females.”