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Virtual consultations of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Virtual consultations of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

  • 2nd May 2015
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It was recently announced the possible launch of the update process of the new strategy of the Global Fund, which, on this occasion, will include virtual discussion forums. The launch of the consultation was defined as “an alliance of the 21st century, which works closely with a wide range of partners, from Governments that run program, donors, civil society, international development organizations, the private sector, to the communities living with the three diseases or are affected by them”. This new update of the strategy seeks to take the maximum technology, and its speed to connect with any part of the world. Now more than ever the support will be in real time, allowing you to develop and implement effective programs based on evidence in order to accelerate the end of the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The online forum is an integral part of this wide consultation process. It…
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Argentina – The Government will prohibit HIV testing in the pre-employment examination

Argentina – The Government will prohibit HIV testing in the pre-employment examination

  • 2nd May 2015
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Thanks to a resolution of the Ministry of Labor that promotes new measures to prevent discrimination in access to work, HIV testing on the pre-employment examination is strictly prohibited. According to spokespersons from the Ministry of Labor, the resolution will be published in the Official Gazette in the coming days. Exact days are still unknown. The resolution was celebrated by several members of civil society, as it is the case of Fundación Huésped, an organization working in the care and HIV prevention. For years now, dozens of organizations and individuals have been claiming the Government this problem as a way to reduce discrimination against people with HIV in the workplace. For instance, Fundación Huésped has carried out administrative presentations for establishing the prohibition of the testing. Even nowadays, many companies of labor medicine included HIV testing among the requirements before hiring someone. Despite not being legal to refuse any applicant…
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Peru – Peruvian civil society reaffirms right to health to be above commercial interests

Peru – Peruvian civil society reaffirms right to health to be above commercial interests

  • 29th April 2015
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Several Peruvian civil society organizations continue their protests in order to demand improvements in access to antiretroviral drugs. Among these requirements is the rejection of the patent of exclusivity of certain laboratories which, for instance, the purchase of medicines like REYATAZ brings a surcharge of up to 20 times more. Undoubtedly, a blow below the belt to the national budget. Recently, members from more than 15 organizations of civil society, including AID FOR AIDS Peru, signed a statement calling for the improvement of health policies. You can read part of the statement below: “We, the undersigned organizations that have been working for more than 20 years in the right to health and access to medicines and the defense of the rights of our citizens, have been promoters and participants of the change in health policy, and we state that: We recognize the role of the different actors of the system…
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Bareback culture: a risky sexual behavior

Bareback culture: a risky sexual behavior

  • 24th April 2015
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Bareback is a sexual practice among men who deliberately don’t use condoms. This also represents a dilemma for science and health, since it increases the risk of acquiring HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. The availability of medicines, the need of transgression or the primary pursuit of pleasure are factors that have fueled this practice around the world. Having sex at risk of acquiring HIV, leads to raise a host of questions about such conduct. Ford Hickson, researcher at the London School of Hygiene, said that “the causes for which a person decides to have risky sexual behaviors are many”. The author describes some of the reasons that encourage such behavior, which include the power of sexual pleasure, the rapid expansion of the gay scene, continuous denigration of homosexuality in society and the emotional isolation that entails, individualistic cultural norms that reject notions of responsibility and optimistic bias of assuming…
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