St. Boniface Hospital’s HIV/AIDS testing and treatment program was one of the first programs of its kind in southern Haiti.
Throughout the first two decades of the AIDS epidemic, long-term antiretroviral (ARV) treatment wasn’t possible for people infected with HIV in the south of Haiti. However, in 2004 the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) supported SBH's efforts to begin providing treatment to HIV-positive patients. Since then, our HIV/AIDS program has expanded into an extremely successful long-term treatment and support program that has changed HIV from a death sentence into a chronic illness for many people in Haiti.
Nationwide, just 57% of people living with HIV/AIDS in Haiti are on sustained ARV therapy, and only 38% have achieved viral suppression. At St. Boniface Hospital, 100% of our HIV-positive patients receive ARVs and 78% of patients have achieved viral suppression. To reduce instances of mother-to-child transmission, every pregnant woman and their baby is tested for HIV/AIDS—and provided free, comprehensive care with a positive diagnosis. All patients in our HIV/AIDS program also receive ongoing support from the medical and psychosocial teams both at St. Boniface Hospital, as well as our community health team. The SBH HIV/AIDS program has regularly received the awards for Best Quality HIV/AIDS Program in Haiti, and Best HIV/AIDS Program Coordinator.