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Honduras – People with HIV stigma index report

Honduras – People with HIV stigma index report

  • 30th October 2014
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The Red Centroamericana de Personas con vih (REDCA+) conducted a study on the index of stigma associated with HIV and/or AIDS. In addition, Fundación LLAVES, along with members of Alianza Interinstitucional, implemented this same research in 17 Honduran cities with the highest HIV prevalence. Sergio Montealegre, representative of REDCA+, and Rosa González, Director of Fundación LLAVES in Honduras carried out a presentation of the results, and highlighted some of those who represent greater impact in the lives of people with HIV. 47% of respondents indicated that their religious leaders knew about their HIV status. “53% has decided not to share their HIV status due to fear of being rejected inside their communities”. Said Montealegre. Of those who decided to share their HIV diagnosis, 38% received very supportive reactions, while 10% was neutral; in about half of the cases, the reactions were positive; however, it still remains hard to reveal a…
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Civil Society’s opinion on guidelines for testing, early treatment, and counseling in regard to HIV treatment

Civil Society’s opinion on guidelines for testing, early treatment, and counseling in regard to HIV treatment

  • 29th October 2014
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Early diagnosis and the initiation of appropriate and early HIV treatment is key to ensure a healthy life for those with HIV. Therefore, different organizations and networks in Latin America and the Caribbean have joined to express their voice regarding the new guidelines of “early treatment” for people with HIV, and the fulfillment of the goals proposed by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The statement, which is collecting signatures of civil society organizations and networks in Latin America, states, among other things, that there is not enough scientific evidence or consensus on the benefits of early antiretroviral therapy for those who have more than 500 CD4. It also highlights that health systems in Latin American countries do not offer support or care for people who develop side effects. Also, they have no access to viral load testing and genotyping services, and if they have, they are not sustainable. On…
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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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