National HIV/STI/TB Programme

Government of Jamaica 

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks cells that help the body fight infection, making a person more vulnerable to other infections and diseases. If left untreated, HIV can lead to the disease AIDS.
The virus can be transmitted through contact with infected blood, semen, or vaginal fluids.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)

An STI is an infection passed from one person to another person through sexual contact. An infection is when a bacteria, virus, or parasite enters and grows in or on your body. STIs are also called sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs.

Some STIs can be cured and some STIs cannot be cured.


Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease usually caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) bacteria. 
Tuberculosis generally affects the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body. Most infections show no symptoms, in which case it is known as latent tuberculosis.


PrEP is a medication that an HIV-negative person can take to protect themselves from HIV. The word PrEP stands for Pre (before) Exposure (coming into contact with the virus) Prophylaxis (medication to prevent an infection from happening).

Our Regions

Southern Regional Health Authority

Western Regional Health Authority

South East Regional Health Authority

North East Regional Health Authority