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Let’s close the gap – World AIDS Day 2014

Let’s close the gap – World AIDS Day 2014

  • 20th November 2014
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The World AIDS Day is an opportunity to harness the power of social change in order to prioritize people and close the gap in terms of access. Ending the AIDS epidemic before 2030 is still possible, but only if we are able to close the gap among those who have access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services, and those who are left apart. An important factor to eradicate the epidemic is to empower everyone, no matter where they are, so that they can have access to different HIV services. A clear example would be to gain access to HIV testing for everyone. In this way, the 19 million people who do not know their HIV status could begin receiving support and services. On the other hand, achieving universal access to antiretroviral treatment, would translate as a significant improvement for quality of life of more than 35 million people…
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¿Serán tomados en cuenta el vih y sida para la Agenda de Desarrollo Post 2015 y la Cumbre 2015?

¿Serán tomados en cuenta el vih y sida para la Agenda de Desarrollo Post 2015 y la Cumbre 2015?

  • 19th November 2014
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La Asamblea General de Embajadores en las Naciones Unidas, nombró como cofacilitadores de la Agenda de Desarrollo Post 2015 a los embajadores de Kenia e Irlanda, Macharia Kamau y David Donoghue respectivamente. Asimismo, se llevaron a cabo dos consultas informales en las Naciones Unidas los días 4 y 10 de noviembre donde se discutieron las modalidades y cuestiones de fondo de las negociaciones y las cuestiones pendientes relacionadas con la organización de la cumbre de septiembre 2015. Los Estados miembros han coincidido en que el proceso debe ser un proceso inclusivo, abierto, transparente y participativo, similar al del Grupo de Trabajo Abierto de los ODS. Asimismo, la universalidad de la agenda no debe perderse, para así evitar la duplicación de los asuntos que se deciden en otros foros. Se espera que los cofacilitadores presenten una hoja de ruta con un calendario concreto de las reuniones de la próxima semana, lo…
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UNAIDS, Governments and Civil Society Working Together on Combination HIV Prevention

UNAIDS, Governments and Civil Society Working Together on Combination HIV Prevention

  • 17th November 2014
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Last week, in Lima, Peru, was conducted the National Consultation on Combination HIV Prevention. An approach in this topic must include two or more elements of prevention in order to achieve an effective response against the HIV epidemic. In this way, countries should carry out actions and tactics of different kinds enabling the incorporation strategies for the eradication of the virus. The first priority of UNAIDS is to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support regarding HIV. That is why this national consultation was so important. There are more than 7,400 new HIV infections every day in the world, and UNAIDS is totally convinced that the only way to stop this pandemic is through prevention. Therefore, this United Nations’ agency defends and supports comprehensive approaches to HIV prevention through combination strategies. Among these combination prevention strategies are condoms along with other elements such as access to accurate…
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Costa Rica – HIV-related stigma could lead to justified dismissal

Costa Rica – HIV-related stigma could lead to justified dismissal

  • 14th November 2014
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A draft bill presented by Costa Rican legislators last August, if approved, could lead to justified dismissal if someone is rejected due to HIV-related causes. This draft bill provides the main legal reforms, which must be implemented, as explained by Ana Helena Chacón, and María Elena López, Vice-President and Minister of health, in order to preserve the integrity and respect the rights of more than 10,000 Costa Ricans with HIV. In this way, if someone is rejected in their work, for any reason related to HIV. The victim can report it and the offender could lose their job automatically and without employer liability. When who discriminated against is the employer, the employee can finish their contract without any consequence, according to draft bill, which aims at adjusting the content of three articles of the labor code. The draft bill also aim at fining those who not only discriminate against people…
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