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The status of people living with HIV and Syphillis is set to improve, thanks to a three year grant fund to the OECS Commission.

As part of that program the Caribbean Med Labs Foundation in collaboration with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has been involved with the training of people who will take on the role of trainers in each of the OECS countries.

Saint Lucia is currently hosting a four–day (4) training workshop on Rapid Syphilis and Rapid HIV at the Palm Heaven Hotel which commenced on the 16th of May. Senior Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Michelle Francois explains the significance of the workshop, noting that the method of testing is less time consuming and will ease the financial burden on people infected with the virus.

Meanwhile, Director of the Caribbean Med Labs Foundation Valerie Wilson, informed that the rapid tests will reduce the spread of those sexual transmitted diseases.

Several nurses and individuals from key areas where the viruses are prevalent will benefit from the training.

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