Archive for 2014

Venezuela: Long Awaited Anti HIV and AIDS discrimination Law Ready to Be Put into Practice

Venezuela: Long Awaited Anti HIV and AIDS discrimination Law Ready to Be Put into Practice

  • 18th August 2014
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AID FOR AIDS, through its Observatorio Latino Initiative, salutes and celebrates this achievement of Venezuelan Civil society. We consider that this proposal of law could lead to the end of the shortages of ARV drugs in Venezuela. Yesterday, 14 August 2014, Venezuela celebrated the National Assembly’s unanimous passage and adoption of the "Bill for the promotion and protection of the right to equality for persons with HIV/AIDS and their families", which prohibits any act or conduct of discrimination committed by any person or by any place of work, institutions for health , education, sports, recreation, culture or law, public or private, against persons with HIV/AIDS and their families, based on their health condition; says Alberto Nieves, Venezuelan activist. This law, Mr. Nieves says: "recognizes persons with HIV and AIDS, and family as a vulnerable group due to their health situation," who "have the right to be treated with humanity and…
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The Criminalization of Sex Work Means a Lot More New Cases of HIV

The Criminalization of Sex Work Means a Lot More New Cases of HIV

  • 13th August 2014
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  At this year’s XX International AIDS Conference 2014 a study was presented whose authors concluded that the decriminalization of sex work would lead to a reduction in HIV infections of at least a third in the three countries examined. The researchers concluded, after completing their study in India, Kenya and Canada, that the decriminalization of sex work would result in a decrease in new infections of between 33% and 46% in those countries. “Across all settings, decriminalization of sex work could have the largest impact on the HIV epidemic among sex workers over just 10 years,” said Kate Shannon, an associate professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia and the lead author of the study. “Governments and policymakers can no longer ignore the evidence.” Five high risk groups, men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who inject drugs, prisoners and sex workers, account for about…
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An epidemic of hate and its laws…

An epidemic of hate and its laws…

  • 7th August 2014
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                        Over the last year, a group of bigoted, misguided laws has illuminated the lack of global progress on the issue of HIV. Most notably Uganda, Russia and the Ukraine have directed sanctions towards the LGBTI and HIV communities. The state of world affairs is certainly far from where we’d hope; in total, 46 countries retain restrictive laws of entry or stay for people with HIV, 116 countries criminalize sex work, 78 countries pursue and punish sex between people of the same sex, and 61 countries criminalize exposure or transmission of HIV. These are laws that directly or indirectly lead to increases in the transmission and stigma towards HIV. These laws, which have recently made headlines, are motivated by hatred towards people with HIV, and as well as other key populations. Men who have sex with men, transgender people,…
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AFA and The Community Health Network Join Forces to Support NYC Community

AFA and The Community Health Network Join Forces to Support NYC Community

  • 30th July 2014
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Every day there are more bonds that unite AID FOR AIDS and other community organizations. We are confident that creating new alliances is key to achieving an AIDS-free generation. We all know HIV does not discriminate based on age, skin color, sexual orientation, social status or gender. Any one of us could be at risk of acquiring HIV if we don’t take the appropriate measures. Therefore, AID FOR AIDS works every day to teach and train hundreds of people, to expand our programs and services, and to create new alliances that allow us to meet our goals. Today, we want to announce our new alliance with The Community Health Network, an organization that provides primary and mental health care. Among their programs is SHINE, a project focused on both the transgender population and the community at large. The Community Health Network provides testing services for HIV and other sexually transmitted…
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Young entrepreneurs use summer vacation for good

Young entrepreneurs use summer vacation for good

  • 22nd July 2014
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This weekend in Sunset Beach in Shelter Island, three young entrepreneurs became philanthropists when they donated all the proceeds from the sale of their home-made seashell necklaces to AID FOR AIDS. Iris, Gabrielle and Shania collected all the shells themselves, and then made the necklaces, which they sold to passerby all of Saturday morning. Thank you so much to these three wonderful kids for their effort and for keeping AID FOR AIDS on their minds during their summer weekend at the beach.
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Latinos – As Inspirational Multipliers

Latinos – As Inspirational Multipliers

  • 18th July 2014
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This summer the non-profit AID FOR AIDS (AFA) is preparing to go where no other Latino organization has ever gone before. AFA's annual My Hero Gala will be the first organized by a Latino group at The Temple of Dendur in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. That's the renowned Egyptian temple that was built around 15 BC and the same space that recently hosted the ribbon-cutting of the Anna Wintour Costume Center. First Lady Michelle Obama, who dedicated the center, told students at the event that they should follow Wintour's lead. "Use your power to be an inspiration multiplier." Read more: (click on image to make it larger)    
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AID FOR AIDS Mourns the Loss of AIDS Activists and Researchers, Including Joep Lange, Leading HIV Expert

AID FOR AIDS Mourns the Loss of AIDS Activists and Researchers, Including Joep Lange, Leading HIV Expert

  • 18th July 2014
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“Today is a day of sadness and deep grief” says Jesus Aguais, Founder and Executive Director of AIDS for AIDS.  Joep Lange, Dutch scientist and former President of the AIDS Society, has been a world leader in HIV treatment research for over twenty years.  Along with Dr. Lange, more than 100 other representatives, leaders and experts in the AIDS field have been permanently silenced by this act of terror.  Those who worked to save lives have lost theirs as a consequence of this heinous act.  This terrible loss not only puts a cloud over those gathered in Melbourne, Australia for the International AIDS Conference, but over all activists, Health Care Providers, Policy Advocates and researches in the HIV field. This is also a sad day for the thousands of people who would have benefited from the future work of all those lost.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families,…
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New York City Gay Pride Parade 2014

New York City Gay Pride Parade 2014

  • 17th July 2014
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Just a few short weeks ago, AID FOR AIDS – along with hundreds of other non-profit organizations, corporate sponsors, and political campaigns – took to the streets of New York City in celebration of the 2014 Gay Pride Week. Not only was this year’s Pride March memorable for its spectacular floats, decked-out dancers, and all-around enthusiasm, it was also historically significant; this past June marked the 45th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots – a series of protests throughout the West Village that sparked the modern gay rights movement. Among the thousands of DJs, dancers, and rainbow flags, you may have spotted the AID FOR AIDS’ team making its way down 5th Avenue, boasting a float full of spirited performers and banners with this year’s slogan – “Take Off the Mask.” With this slogan, we aimed to stress the importance of getting tested, knowing your status and honoring your real…
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AID FOR AIDS Perú Celebrates its Fifteenth Anniversary with a Gala Dinner

AID FOR AIDS Perú Celebrates its Fifteenth Anniversary with a Gala Dinner

  • 16th July 2014
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AID FOR AIDS Peru celebrated its 15th anniversary with a Gala Dinner held at the United Nations building in Lima, on Friday, July 11th. This event was attended by entrepreneurs, artists, NGO partners, cooperating agencies and friends who, in one way or another, have supported us for years, making it possible for us to fulfill our mission to SAVE LIVES ONE BY ONE. Ernesto Pimentel, whom we thank for his unrivaled support and cooperation in helping us develop our HIV Access Treatment Program, sponsored this Gala in gratitude for the award given to him by AFA New York last November in New York City. AID FOR AIDS’ Founder and Executive Director, Jesús Aguais, and Angélica Fuentes, Founder of The Angélica Fuentes Foundation and member of the Board of Directors of AID FOR AIDS, were present at the event to recognize Ms. Cecilia Tait, Congresswonan of Peru, with the My Hero…
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AFA saves one more life in Venezuela

AFA saves one more life in Venezuela

  • 15th July 2014
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One afternoon in May we received an email from Caracas, Venezuela. Among the many e-mails we had received lately that related to the current Venezuelan pharmaceutical crisis, this one stood out. Ricardo told us the story of his wife, who had just been diagnosed with HIV in February, and was also 33-weeks pregnant. It wouldn't be long before Angélica gave birth to her baby in a hospital in Venezuela. Through that e-mail we could feel Angélica and Ricardo's concern about their baby's future.  Ricardo requested AZT pediatric (Zidovudina), which had to be given to their baby during the weeks following birth in order to reduce the risk of HIV acquisition. Ricardo and Angélica's story really moved us. Immediately our staff began with the search of the medicine. One of our beneficiaries donated 8 bottles of the medicine Ricardo was requesting.  Furthermore, we contacted Elm Drugs Pharmacy, and they donated 6…
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