The first Latin American and Caribbean Forum on HIV care: From Diagnosis to HIV Treatment took place in Mexico City from May 26th to 28th. The forum’s main objective was to contribute to the expansion and sustainability of the HIV response, as well as to comprehensive care through a partnership between national programs, health and medical services, among experts on the field and representatives of civil society organizations.
The first goal set in the forum aims to ensure that by 2020 at least 90% of people with HIV in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean have been tested for HIV and know their status, which corresponds to the first step of the objectives.
The second goal aims to ensure that 90% of people with HIV have access to antiretroviral treatment. Finally, the third goal aims to have all people with HIV achieve viral suppression.
AID FOR AIDS (AFA) was represented by Enrique Chávez, Director of Advocacy, who was there to share our organization’s point of view. “The issue of institutionalization of civil society has been practically pawed at in this event, and it is important to highlight how governments and other social actors recognize our work; however, they are not sure whether they want us around, and it seems like if they do not know how to justify our presence.” Enrique Chavez said.
Although good results were achieved, and the necessary goals to stop the spread of the HIV epidemic were set, we need to carry out everything mentioned above and more, if we really want to achieve an AIDS free generation.
There is still much work to be done!