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Let’s build together a better future

Let’s build together a better future

  • 18th December 2014
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Probably it is not the first time we hear the phrase “young people are the world’s future”, and that’s because today, young people account for more than a quarter of the world's population. The number of people between 10 and 24 years is about 1.8 billion individuals, who could definitely generate a very important socio-cultural transformation. Only in Latin America and the Caribbean, there are 165 million individuals in these ages, out of a total of 618 million inhabitants. The Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs estimates that the number of people aged between 10 and 24 will reach about 2 billion individuals by the middle of this century. Faced with this reality, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has analyzed the enormous potential for economic growth and social development of countries that have large populations of young people. Also, the United Nations Population…
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AFA Dominican Republic celebrates Christmas Eve

AFA Dominican Republic celebrates Christmas Eve

  • 17th December 2014
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AID FOR AIDS Dominican Republic filled with joy and happiness in the most beautiful season of the year during the celebration of Christmas Eve. This year, the Museo Trampolín held more than 200 children, who attended this celebration along with their families and loved ones. This warm event was only possible thanks to the support of people like Ana Messina, Carmen Olavarrieta, Claudia Messina, Rosa Amalia García, Ninoska Imbert, among many others. Each year our Child Program provides medicines and basic services to hundreds of children in Dominican Republic, Latin America and the world. In addition, we provide emotional support, recreational activities and general advice, among many other activities. From this beautiful Caribbean island and on behalf of the family of AID FOR AIDS, we wish you Merry Christmas!  
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Argentina and their national response to HIV

Argentina and their national response to HIV

  • 16th December 2014
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In Argentina, about 60 thousand people receive free antiretroviral therapy through more than 350 health establishments, located throughout the country. Epidemiological data shows more than 110 thousand people with HIV, and 30% of them are unaware of their diagnosis. Carlos Falistocco, responsible for the direction of AIDS and sexually transmitted infection (STIs) of the Ministry of Health in Argentina, said that “now Argentina will provide universal access to treatment, which means that those who are diagnosed, and want to be treated, will receive free medication”. Now doctors can offer treatment when appropriate, and people with HIV will decide whether they want to start their treatment. “HIV testing, and the decision to start the medication is voluntarily. HIV treatment is not an obligation, it’s a right”. Said Falistocco. Argentina has made major changes in recent times and many advances in response to HIV. Certainly, civil society has been an essential part…
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Alessandra Nilo at her last meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board

Alessandra Nilo at her last meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board

  • 15th December 2014
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Last week was held the 35th UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board in Geneva (Switzerland). The Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, took the opportunity to strengthen the commitment and objectives of this agency. Also, he highlighted the importance of triple investment and support in civil society. Of all resources in response to the epidemic worldwide, only 1% reach civil society organizations. The goal is to achieve, by 2030, a budget of more than 3% for these organizations. Since that the final documents of the Open-ended Working Group, the Finance Committee and the report of the Secretary General are already on the table, we have a clear idea about the position of HIV on this global agenda. Even though the issue of key population has been pointed out during this meeting, other aspects such as right to health, among others, haven’t been mentioned. Also, right to health has been barely mentioned. In…
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Youth should be taken into account in the construction of national responses to HIV

Youth should be taken into account in the construction of national responses to HIV

  • 11th December 2014
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The HIV prevalence rate among the general population (15-49) in Latin America is 0.4%. We’re talking about an epidemic which is mostly concentrated in high risk populations (men who have sex with men, transgender people and sex workers). Youth awareness on HIV is often low. In most of the countries with available data, less than 50% of young people know how to prevent sexual transmission of HIV. The ignorance surrounding HIV is highly concentrated in women and marginalized groups, who do not have access to current and reliable information. More than 60% of countries still do not have effective strategies to deal with youth who have not completed their primary education. In Latin America, the prevention, attention, care and support to young people in relation to HIV has been highlighted during recent years in national responses to the epidemic. However, there are still challenges in the production of evidence that…
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Planning strategies and actions taken by transwomen in the Andean Region

Planning strategies and actions taken by transwomen in the Andean Region

  • 10th December 2014
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In November, the city of Lima hosted a group of transgender activists from Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Chile, who met to discuss various aspects related to the new model of financing of the Global Fund. Also, issues such as gender, sexuality and primary health were addressed. The project is entitled: “articulating and promoting the participation of leader transwomen in the Andean region in the implementation of the new model of financing of the Global Fund to fight AIDS”. Jana Villayzán, Member of Redtrans Peru, commented that thanks to the financial support of GIZ and the technical assistance of Joanne Keatley, from the Centro de Excelencia de Salud Transgénero of the University of San Francisco, they managed to bring forward this project that will benefit, not only transwomen from Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia, but it will have an impact in other countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. Terhi Aaltonen,…
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“…We won over fear, and now we won the streets and the media…”

“…We won over fear, and now we won the streets and the media…”

  • 10th December 2014
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At the end of November, was held the 3° encuentro de jóvenes positivos de América Latina y el Caribe (3rd positive youth meeting in Latin-American and the Caribbean). This meeting served to define the necessary aspects needed to extend the work of Latin-American young activists working in the sphere of HIV. This aspects are also needed to reduce the side effects of medicines, as well as strengthening effective polices to reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination. Diego Caputo, representative of Red argentina de jóvenes y adolescentes positivos (RAJAP), and also a participant of the meeting, said the following: “A significant portion of the meeting was marked by the need of implementing sexual comprehensive educational strategies in different schooling levels, giving visibility to the LGBTI groups. The achievements of the new networks of young people in countries such as Panama and the consolidation in Mexico were also highlighted. In addition, many other…
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Honduras – HIV meds shortage gets worse

Honduras – HIV meds shortage gets worse

  • 4th December 2014
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Currently Honduras goes through a deep crisis of shortage of anti-retroviral drugs. The problem started this August and it has now spread throughout the country. The situation has left more than 100 people without second-line antiretroviral drugs. At the beginning of 2014, civil society in Honduras sent a letter to the National Commission on AIDS (CONASIDA) with a report in which they highlighted that several health centers were not delivering a medication that combines lopinavir and ritonavir. There were also cases in which were given expired medicines. In recent days, activists have teamed up through social networks, and they have reported that the shortage has spread all over the country, and it is not possible to find Aluvia (Lopinavir/Ritonavir) at any hospital. It should be noted that this medication is the only alternative second-line antiretroviral available in Honduras. “In Honduras, there is now a group of people that already are…
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Something to reflect on the World AIDS Day

Something to reflect on the World AIDS Day

  • 3rd December 2014
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The 1st of December, the World AIDS Day, is a day not only to commemorate all those who, in way or another, have been affected by the HIV epidemic, but it also allows to make more visible the work of all organizations and institutions working hard for people with HIV and their relatives. Every December 1st, UNAIDS and hundreds of organizations around the world join forces to launch a campaign aimed at raising awareness on the topic of HIV. This year’s campaign is called "Close the Gap", which is accompanied by a global call to invest more in the next 15 years than in the past, so we can achieve a profound impact. Goal setting allows activists put pressure on Governments, as well as monitoring, so that goals can be achieved. That’s why a campaign with well defined goals is therefore a campaign with strong fundamentals and good results. On…
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World AIDS Day At The Apollo

World AIDS Day At The Apollo

  • 1st December 2014
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Today, on World AIDS Day, representatives from the NYC Department of Health, most major HIV organizations, state and local government as well as members of the community, gathered at the Apollo Theater to celebrate, remember and honor the people affected by the epidemic and all the great work being done to combat it. That includes the mayor’s announcement today of the NY Knows HIV Testing Initiative. New York state and New York City both are truly making strides to end AIDS here by 2020. It was truly heartening to see the energy, the emotion and the political will to make this a reality, and AID FOO AIDS was thrilled to have been a part of the event.
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