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Guatemala – working for LGBTI people deprived of liberty and recognizing their basic rights

Guatemala – working for LGBTI people deprived of liberty and recognizing their basic rights

  • 28th February 2015
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Organizations working in the field of sexual diversity in Guatemala recently signed an agreement with authorities of the penitentiary system to achieve respect for the human rights of LGBTI people. Unfortunately, in Latin America the general rule in the prison systems is the structural weakness, overcrowding, and the undeniable presence of parallel powers. These factors, in the majority of cases, seem to be those who most influence when it comes to the respect of the rights of those who serve a sentence within these facilities. In the case of the LGBT community, a population that faces major problems of discrimination in our society, it is also seriously affected within the penitentiary system in Guatemala. All of this together with widespread violence and large indifference on the part of the authorities. Despite multiple efforts by civil society to mitigate and contain the effects of the system, the situation is becoming increasingly…
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And the famous 90 – 90 – 90 continues…

And the famous 90 – 90 – 90 continues…

  • 28th February 2015
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From 10 to 11 February in Switzerland, UNAIDS, along with the CDC and the Duchy of Luxembourg organized the global consultation on key populations and targets 90 - 90 - 90. The global consultation was intended to identify action steps to ensure that key populations reach the 90 - 90 – 90 targets. There were participants from all parts of the world and a group of representatives of networks of Latin America and the Caribbean were invited. It took enough time listening to individuals of specific populations such as people with HIV, men who have sex with men, sex workers, among others. The problem of stigma and discrimination hasn’t been solved so far, and because of that people prefer not to approach to health services. Among the positive aspects is that consultation brings with it the support in the response of the Government of Luxembourg, so we have the expectation…
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Mexico – Program of Specific Actions for the HIV Response: Progress and Challenges

Mexico – Program of Specific Actions for the HIV Response: Progress and Challenges

  • 28th February 2015
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According to the national HIV program, during 2012 in Mexico only 52% of people with HIV was aware of their diagnosis. 40% was in treatment and only 26% had an undetectable viral load. Unfortunately we don’t have specific information by age, sex, or other certain social situations, which makes it hard on the obtaining of an exact estimate of the impact of the epidemic in Mexican women. The Program of Specific Actions for the HIV Response recognizes the need to expand the prevention work to people who are in a situation of inequality. In this way, we can achieve early diagnosis and improve the quality of care, giving as a result a great improvement in the quality of life of people with HIV. In addition to the populations of men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers and drug users, the Program of Action proposes to include women…
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Children with HIV and their treatment

Children with HIV and their treatment

  • 19th February 2015
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The health of many children with HIV in the United States could improve thanks to a few drugs and effective prevention methods. Unfortunately we cannot say the same for many other children in the rest of the world. According to Dr. Kimberly Bates, Director of a hospital for children and families with HIV, in Ohio “in the United States, transmission from mother to child has been dramatically reduced, since we have been doing a good job to prevent it. In fact, the probability of a baby to contract HIV from their mother is now less than 1%, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)”. The AIDS epidemic has had a more severe effect on children around the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 3.4 million children worldwide had HIV at the end of 2011. “Drugs are much simpler, and can prevent complications. Although we…
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