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January 28, 2014
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Good reviews for CCRP's HIV/AIDS workshops

"Excellent! Very informative! Interactive!" were among the responses by participants to the second of three HIV/AIDS workshops hosted by the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) at the Sts Peter and Paul Parish Hall in St Andrew recently.

The workshops, which took an informal approach allowed participants to freely ask questions of the presenters, who abandoned prepared academic powerpoint slides.

"I'm very happy at the approach taken - very informative," said Sonia Scott from the Retired Government Workers' Association, who pledged to share the information gleaned with her church's youth group. "It has certainly helped me in talking with the young people about sex. I am also grateful for a forum which allows for questions to be freely asked and the relevant information shared."

Andrew Archer, a teacher, said he found the workshop beneficial because it provided an opportunity for persons to talk openly about the issue of HIV/AIDS. " I really believe similar workshops would be very useful if held across the island and not just confined to the Corporate Area," he said

Dr Jean Small, university lecturer, was also of the view that similar workshops should be held at other central points across the island. "I found this one particularly down to earth, far less academic, practical, interactive, and facilitated questions and the sharing of experiences," she added.

During the session, presenters Professors Brendan Bain and Denise Eldemire-Shearer underscored the need for trust when an individual makes the decision to disclose his or her HIV status. "Older persons need to be aware of information on the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases as very often, they are the ones to whom younger family members will gravitate for advice," Eldemire-Shearer said.

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