A police officer takes part in a recent health fair for men on Virgin Gorda. (Photo: GIS)

Health check-ups including diabetes and HIV screening were among the free services provided recently to men on Virgin Gorda as part of Men’s Health Week.

The observance — held from June 10-22 under the theme “Men’s Health is our Wealth” — was organised by the government’s Office of Gender Affairs.

“In our pursuit for a healthier and stronger community, this event provided an invaluable opportunity for residents to have access to certain health services and related health materials and information,” said Gender Affairs Coordinator Patricia Hackett.

Ms. Hackett added that many of the participants were glad to be screened for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and they promised to continue checking their health regularly.

“It was gratifying to see men in the community, especially young men, came out and supported the event,” she said. “The participants were eager to learn about sexual health, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and have general health check-ups to ensure that they are healthy and well.”


Organisations that hosted booths at the fair included the BVI Diabetes Association, the BVI Red Cross, the Ministry of Health and Social Development, and Five Doctors Medical and Wellness Centre, according to government.

The Office of Gender Affairs also hosted a booth, which displayed information on alcohol use, violence and related effects on men’s mental health, as well as information about prostate health.