The HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention program at St. Boniface Hospital was one of the first HIV/AIDS testing and treatment programs on Haiti’s Southern Peninsula.
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 SBHF's efforts to begin providing treatment to HIV-positive patients. Since then, the HIV/AIDS program has expanded into an extremely successful longterm treatment and support program that has changed HIV from a death sentence into a chronic illness for many people.
Since the program’s inception, we have over 700 patients on AntiRetroviral Therapy (ART) treatment, allowing them to live healthy lives with ongoing support from the medical and psychosocial teams both at St. Boniface and in their communities. In 2015 the SBHF HIV/AIDS program recieved two awards from CMMB, one of our partners. The team was named Best Quality HIV/AIDS Program in Haiti, and Dr. Samuel Bernard was named Best HIV/AIDS Program Coordinator.