Puerto Rico joins 12 jurisdictions of the United States in a project dedicated to the planning and implementation of a series of initiatives aimed at the prevention of HIV/AIDS, in areas where the virus has been shown statistically to be prevalent. According to the Secretary of Health Lorenzo González Feliciano, the agency has developed the Puerto Rico Enhanced Comprehensive HIV Prevention Plan (PRECHPP, for its acronym in English).
González Feliciano stressed that with this plan, the Department of Health seeks new ways to implement President Barack Obama’s National Strategy against HIV/AIDS, which has as its main objectives to reduce the number of new cases of people infected with HIV; to increase access to care and optimize medical results for people with HIV; as well as to reduce HIV-related disparities in health attention. The PRECHPP includes 16 interventions that already began to be implemented in 41 municipalities, in metropolitan areas where the largest number of HIV/AIDS cases have been reported.
Assistant Secretary of Family Health, Integrated Services, and Promotion of Health Margaret Wolfe explained that “the interventions were established according to a model of participatory discussion which was based on three main criteria: duration, balanced inclusion of prevention and treatment interventions, and feasibility (resources and previous experience).
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