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Peru – Still Awaiting the Multisectoral Strategic Plan for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS

Peru – Still Awaiting the Multisectoral Strategic Plan for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS

  • 1st October 2014
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In 2012, with the technical and financial support of UNAIDS, and a team of consultants, the Multisectoral Strategic Plan for the prevention and control of STIs, HIV and AIDS 2013-2017 (PEM) was designed, whose comprehensive perspective would integrate those policies that include protection to those affected, and key populations. Civil society organizations from different parts of the country, as well as representatives of various ministries and private companies participated in the process. Similarly, consultations were conducted in various regions of the country and included contributions from dozens of health care providers; all this in order to support the strategic axes, objectives, and activities of a plan that will guide the national response for five year. After almost two years of the finalization of the document, authorities keep it saved without official approval through a Ministerial resolution or decree, as it has happened in the past. According to various sources, the delay is because the document did not meet a certain change that must be present in order to be approved. Currently it is under review by the legal counsel of the Ministry of Health. Although today Peru offers free antiretroviral…
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Should I use or not a condom?

Should I use or not a condom?

  • 1st October 2014
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Advances in HIV treatment allow individuals with HIV to live a healthy and uncomplicated live. In this sense, viral suppression significantly reduces the chances of HIV transmission, but does not eliminate them completely. This has led to misinterpretations and doubts as to whether people should or not use condoms when an individual with HIV has an undetectable viral load. A study concluded that antiretroviral therapy reduces by 96% the chances of HIV transmission. This figures make visible the need of our Governments to provide universal access to treatment. On the other hand, a study involving both heterosexuals and homosexuals couples deduces that viral suppression would increase at least 95% of probability of non-transmission of HIV. However, some couples acquired STIs, including syphilis and gonorrhea, for ignoring the use of condoms. It is not only a matter of protection against HIV, but a matter of protection during sexual intercourse in order…
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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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