Archive for 2014

REDTRASEX’s regional project

REDTRASEX’s regional project

  • 30th September 2014
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The Network of Women Sex Workers in Latin America and the Caribbean (RedTraSex) recently submitted a report, which collects their actions in the past two years within the framework of implementation of the project financed by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. RedTraSex’s regional project is focused on the defense and promotion of Human Rights. It also takes into account the problems of discrimination and criminalization associated with HIV and/or AIDS that Latin American sex workers face. RedTraSex can be found in 15 countries of the region: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Mexico and Dominican Republic. This project was aimed at taking actions to reduce HIV prevalence in the population of female sex workers in the region. Through a virtual platform RedTradSex offers regional and subregional workshops as well as training, with the aim of creating leaders…
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First World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

First World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

  • 30th September 2014
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The first World Conference on indigenous peoples took place on the 22nd and 23th of September 2014, at the United Nations in New York. This meeting was an opportunity to share point of views and best practices regarding the importance of the rights of indigenous peoples, including the monitoring of the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of indigenous people. This Conference was attended by representatives from more than 70 countries around the world. Indigenous groups such as the Inutis of Canada, the Murunahuas of Peru, and the Huichol of Mexico, were some of a few who had the opportunity to discuss their requests and demands in this forum of high level, a crucial dialogue space. “Member States have the opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to sustainable human development and the rights of indigenous peoples” said Gerardo Noto, Coordinator of Democratic Governance, in the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Development Program. In the world there are 370 million indigenous people, which accounts for 5% of the world…
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AFA & Elton John Foundation towards an AIDS free generation

AFA & Elton John Foundation towards an AIDS free generation

  • 25th September 2014
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  From 2008 to 2013 the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) provided financial support for the AID FOR AIDS program ¿Cuánto Sabes de VIH y Sida? (How Much Do You Know About HIV and AIDS?) This is an innovative program combining HIV and AIDS education with life skills as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO). The program is transmitted through peer-to-peer education techniques and aims to prevent the spread of HIV by developing a culture of responsible and healthy sexuality. The program reaches over 100,000 youth per year and has been implemented in 8 different countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Thanks to the early and strong backing of the EJAF, the program was able to grow and reach hundreds of thousands of people. Images from the program, as well as AFA’s logo are featured in these videos shared by the Elton John Foundation. We are proud that…
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Chile – Chilean prisoners loose more than their freedom

Chile – Chilean prisoners loose more than their freedom

  • 24th September 2014
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Although we lack of special studies, HIV prevalence in Chilean prisons is higher than that of the general population. A report of the General Comptroller of Chile reveals shortcomings in the promotion of health, prevention and care of HIV within the Chilean prisons. As in many other countries, HIV prevalence in Chilean prisons is greater than that of the general population. Overcrowding and violence in prisons combined with the lack of standard sanitary conditions, adequate food and comprehensive medical services extend the vulnerability of this population in relation to various diseases, including HIV, hepatitis B, other STIs; and recently, an outbreak of tuberculosis. Many prisoners may not be aware of their HIV status, which significantly hinders the access to health services. In addition, not all prison facilities offer HIV testing. According to a recent report by the General Comptroller of Chile, which states that not all prisoners are tested for…
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Antiretroviral Therapy vs.  Side Effects?

Antiretroviral Therapy vs. Side Effects?

  • 19th September 2014
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Since the first antiretroviral drugs in 1996, the quality of life of people with HIV has taken a step forward. Every day technology advances and new drugs are developed, allowing anyone with HIV to live a healthy, and proactive life. However, despite the great scientific advances, antiretroviral side effects continue to be a problem that can affect the self-esteem of those with HIV. For more than 30 years, much has been said about prevention, and millions of dollars have been invested in order to put an end to this epidemic. However, HIV seems to continue its way. On the other hand, the short term effects are more than familiar; however, long-term side effects have been left apart, with which many people with HIV have to deal often. Many people with HIV manifest that thanks to the antiretroviral therapy they have been able to continue a healthy life. However, looking themselves reflected in the mirror every day make them feel down, since they feel they don’t see the same person they used to be. This is usually because some kind of physical changes people with HIV undergo due to the medication they need to take daily. Although this medication helps them continue having a healthy life, their bodies suffer physical changes; their arms and legs are thinner than before. Their bodies…
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Colombia – Putting pharmacies on the straight path

Colombia – Putting pharmacies on the straight path

  • 17th September 2014
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Keeping prices for medicine affordable is fundamental to guarantee the Human Right to health, and Colombia has taken a right step in this direction. In 1993, the Colombian Congress passed a law that seemed innovative. This law promised to provide universal healthcare and to strengthen the private health system. When the right to health in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) was enshrined in its article 12, it is demanded to recognize “... The right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health”. This within the minimum obligations that guarantee full realization of this right, which calls for the prevention and treatment of all diseases, as well as the creation of conditions that assure all citizens assistance and medical services. Two recent decisions by the Ministry of health have restored optimism about the urgent changes the country needs in…
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Jonathan Capote: perseverance and dedication

Jonathan Capote: perseverance and dedication

  • 16th September 2014
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We are pleased to announce that last Sunday, Jonathan Capote, an invaluable member of the AID FOR AIDS family, was presented with an award by the Refugee and Immigrant Fund (RIF) due to his outstanding work. Jonathan has been a Case Manager at AID FOR AIDS for over 4 years and he is an example of perseverance and dedication in his work, always doing his best to help his beneficiaries. Like Jonathan, we work daily to provide a better quality of life to people with HIV, not only in New York, but also in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the rest of the world. This recognition motivates us to continue offering the best services and resources to the thousands of people that we help every day. We want to thank Jonathan for his invaluable and tireless work for those who need it most. Also, we want to thank RIF for…
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Guatemala – HIV Law reform generates discussion about revealing or not HIV diagnosis

Guatemala – HIV Law reform generates discussion about revealing or not HIV diagnosis

  • 15th September 2014
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Should or shouldn’t you reveal your HIV diagnosis to your partner? This is one of the decisions that has aroused controversy in Guatemala during the discussion of the reform proposal of the Decree 27-2000, General Law on HIV. In June 2013, in Guatemala began a new reform proposal of the Decree 27-2000 – General Law on HIV - in order to update it in such a way that it responds to the current national reality. The process included a series of workshops with representatives of civil society, Government and international cooperation agencies. The article referred to the revelation of the diagnosis has caused differing opinions. Article 25 States: “of the information of the diagnosis the couple. When the individual with HIV or AIDS refuses or cannot notify their regular or casual partner of their diagnosis, the treating physician or health personnel must notify their partner, according to the procedures specified…
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Mexico – trans women sex workers face obstacles to obtain condoms

Mexico – trans women sex workers face obstacles to obtain condoms

  • 13th September 2014
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Due to different factors, a large number of trans sex workers in Mexico have no access to condoms, many of which were delivered through the country project funded by the Global Fund. Today, many of them face obstacles when trying to obtain condoms, and sometimes they are forced to attend talks at hours not appropriate for them. Furthermore, the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV which is still strongly rooted in our society is also a huge obstacle, since they fear to be linked to HIV, which brings as a consequence not to attend centers where they can obtain condoms. Mexico establishes, in its constitution, access to health as a right. However, this does not guarantee access to supplies of prevention, so it is necessary to promote behavioral changes among the trans population in order to generate a culture of self-care, but without neglecting the promotion of human rights. “Many…
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Cuba – Stigma and discrimination remain a problem

Cuba – Stigma and discrimination remain a problem

  • 11th September 2014
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According to Grupo de Prevención del Sida (Gpsida), a group of people of the national network of volunteer promoters for the prevention and control enforcement of safe practices to stop the AIDS epidemic, health services are among the areas where still cases of discrimination are being reported. “Every time I go to the dental clinic in my community, I am always the last to be served. Health workers arise an unusual stir” said Mr. Frank Pérez, diagnosed with HIV in 1999. “I guess they should have the same security measures with me than with the rest of the patients”, said Mr. Pérez again. Although respect and inclusion of people with HIV and AIDS are constant in the local activism, a differential treatment for those with HIV still persists, which brings as a consequence intolerance towards a community of more than 16,400 Cubans who have the virus. On the other hand,…
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