The Ministry of Health of Belize has released the findings for BSS (Behavioural Survey Study) and we have listed them below:
- Overall consistent condom use was suboptimal and ranged from less than 70% in the MSM and PHIV to 81% in FSW.
- Knowledge of HIV transmission was also found to be suboptimal with 33% of FSW and 57% of the MSM.
- The majority of PHIV were from lower income levels.
- Prevalence of HIV among the MSM tested was 13.8% and 0.9% of the FSW tested. (compared with an estimated 2.3% in the general population)
- Genital Herpes and Chlamydia were the most common STIs diagnosed across the groups. The prevalence of Syphilis and Gonorrhea were lower when compared with the other Central American countries.
- Stigma and discrimination was highest in the community and workplace and estimated at 10% in the health sector.