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Panama – a song that teaches us not to discriminate

Panama – a song that teaches us not to discriminate

  • 20th October 2014
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In August this year, a group of musicians along with members of civil society organizations in Panama joined forces to launch a song with which they seek to raise awareness and reduce stigma and discrimination around HIV in Panama and Central America. Some of the passages of the song say “... Generation zero, I want to change. A new world with a great heart. Generation zero, no more discrimination...” In addition, the song calls for Panamanians to work together in order to build a more inclusive and respectful of country. “With this first effort, and many more, we want to raise awareness, but above all, to motivate everyone, so we all can achieve a country free of stigma and discrimination” expressed Yamilka Pitre, a Panamanian singer. Musical arrangements are by the Panamanian artist Jair Ruiz from Orquesta Café. Lyrics are by Saratiel Karrica and José González from PASMO Panama, and…
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Bolivia – must develop a strategy of prevention with male sex workers and the use of the Internet

Bolivia – must develop a strategy of prevention with male sex workers and the use of the Internet

  • 17th October 2014
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With the advent of the Internet, we were now able to reach a world of new possibilities. Later, we thought that the Internet had given us everything, but then social networks were born. They opened the doors to an endless number of opportunities, and gave rise to the development of many others. Among them, sex work. With the development of social networks, blogs and web pages, male sex work underwent significant changes, prompting the formation of a variety of virtual agencies, and a huge number of independent sex workers. Having these new tools, male sex workers have now instant access to more and better business opportunities. However, these technologies and their wide use, have not been used yet by the Governments and members of civil society, since they can help reach more people in order to deliver a message of prevention, and the correct use of the condoms. Nowadays, we…
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Guatemala – Army soldiers train in HIV prevention: a good practice to be developed by other armed forces

Guatemala – Army soldiers train in HIV prevention: a good practice to be developed by other armed forces

  • 17th October 2014
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Since mid-October, 2011, and thanks to the support of the Department of Defense of the United States, PASMO Guatemala implemented a project to strengthen HIV prevention in the Guatemalan Army. With this initiative, PASMO seeks to reduce the incidence of HIV among members of the army. The project has important partners such as the Ministry of Defense, the Military Health Service, la Comisión Militar de Inmunodeficiencia Adquirida (COMISIDA), the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance, The National Program on HIV and AIDS, and the comprehensive care units of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance, which have acted as strategic partners in the implementation of this project. In order to achieve a significant impact within the Guatemalan military, peer soldiers on HIV prevention have trained. These groups have been trained to make HIV prevention interventions in their commands. Soldiers have participated in training workshops to provide HIV counseling…
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Conexión Total México Interviews our Executive Director

Conexión Total México Interviews our Executive Director

  • 9th October 2014
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Through its website www.conexiontotal.mx, the Expreso publishing group interviewed our Executive Director, Jesús Aguais, regarding Mexican immigrants’ HIV-related vulnerabilities in New York City. In this interview, Jesús Aguais commented on some of the main factors that may put an individual at risk of acquiring HIV, which affect not only Mexicans, but any group of immigrants in New York City. Among the causes that may lead to HIV acquisition are being misinformed or uninformed, the crowded conditions in which immigrants live, as well as the neglect of their own health, since it is often not as high a priority as work. Jesús Aguais also mentioned that AID FOR AIDS and other community-based organizations provide free services to immigrants in New York, aimed at improving the quality of life of those who need it most. To read the full interview in Spanish click on the following link: Advierten sobre alta vulnerabilidad de…
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