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Antiretroviral Therapy vs.  Side Effects?

Antiretroviral Therapy vs. Side Effects?

  • 19th September 2014
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Since the first antiretroviral drugs in 1996, the quality of life of people with HIV has taken a step forward. Every day technology advances and new drugs are developed, allowing anyone with HIV to live a healthy, and proactive life. However, despite the great scientific advances, antiretroviral side effects continue to be a problem that can affect the self-esteem of those with HIV. For more than 30 years, much has been said about prevention, and millions of dollars have been invested in order to put an end to this epidemic. However, HIV seems to continue its way. On the other hand, the short term effects are more than familiar; however, long-term side effects have been left apart, with which many people with HIV have to deal often. Many people with HIV manifest that thanks to the antiretroviral therapy they have been able to continue a healthy life. However, looking themselves reflected in the mirror every day make them feel down, since they feel they don’t see the same person they used to be. This is usually because some kind of physical changes people with HIV undergo due to the medication they need to take daily. Although this medication helps them continue having a healthy life, their bodies suffer physical changes; their arms and legs are thinner than before. Their bodies…
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Colombia – Putting pharmacies on the straight path

Colombia – Putting pharmacies on the straight path

  • 17th September 2014
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Keeping prices for medicine affordable is fundamental to guarantee the Human Right to health, and Colombia has taken a right step in this direction. In 1993, the Colombian Congress passed a law that seemed innovative. This law promised to provide universal healthcare and to strengthen the private health system. When the right to health in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) was enshrined in its article 12, it is demanded to recognize “... The right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health”. This within the minimum obligations that guarantee full realization of this right, which calls for the prevention and treatment of all diseases, as well as the creation of conditions that assure all citizens assistance and medical services. Two recent decisions by the Ministry of health have restored optimism about the urgent changes the country needs in…
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Jonathan Capote: perseverance and dedication

Jonathan Capote: perseverance and dedication

  • 16th September 2014
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We are pleased to announce that last Sunday, Jonathan Capote, an invaluable member of the AID FOR AIDS family, was presented with an award by the Refugee and Immigrant Fund (RIF) due to his outstanding work. Jonathan has been a Case Manager at AID FOR AIDS for over 4 years and he is an example of perseverance and dedication in his work, always doing his best to help his beneficiaries. Like Jonathan, we work daily to provide a better quality of life to people with HIV, not only in New York, but also in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the rest of the world. This recognition motivates us to continue offering the best services and resources to the thousands of people that we help every day. We want to thank Jonathan for his invaluable and tireless work for those who need it most. Also, we want to thank RIF for…
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Guatemala – HIV Law reform generates discussion about revealing or not HIV diagnosis

Guatemala – HIV Law reform generates discussion about revealing or not HIV diagnosis

  • 15th September 2014
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Should or shouldn’t you reveal your HIV diagnosis to your partner? This is one of the decisions that has aroused controversy in Guatemala during the discussion of the reform proposal of the Decree 27-2000, General Law on HIV. In June 2013, in Guatemala began a new reform proposal of the Decree 27-2000 – General Law on HIV - in order to update it in such a way that it responds to the current national reality. The process included a series of workshops with representatives of civil society, Government and international cooperation agencies. The article referred to the revelation of the diagnosis has caused differing opinions. Article 25 States: “of the information of the diagnosis the couple. When the individual with HIV or AIDS refuses or cannot notify their regular or casual partner of their diagnosis, the treating physician or health personnel must notify their partner, according to the procedures specified…
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