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Mexico – Its budget and participation in the response to hiv

Mexico – Its budget and participation in the response to hiv

  • 28th December 2015
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Mexico faced a health budget reduction of two billions of pesos (approximately 130,000 dollars) with its expenditure project for 2016. In the framework of the Encuentro Nacional de Liderazgo Positivo's discussions, Juan Corona Román, a member of the civil organization Vida Plena Puebla, explained that due to Mexico's financial problems, the Government is aiming to privatize health care services. The privatization would make people with hiv more vulnerable from an economic, social and legal point of view, since the privatization of a service causes that the only people that can have access to it are the ones who can pay for it. Corona also mentioned that because of the adoption of the Transpacific Trade Agreement, the medication prices will increase, which will make the hiv response unsustainable in the long-term. He also made an appeal to the civil society and to people with hiv to watch the budget closely and…
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Companies joined together to eliminate hiv-related stigma and discrimination

Companies joined together to eliminate hiv-related stigma and discrimination

  • 14th December 2015
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In the framework of events of world AIDS day took place the first Ibero-American meeting of initiatives with companies in the hiv response, the purpose of the event is to engage the private sector in the hiv response and contribute to the Fast Track strategy to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. The platform of initiatives that started in 2009 involves 8 countries and more than 50 companies, its main goals are: to erradicate discrimination against people with hiv in the business field, to implement prevention and training strategies and to increase employability of people with hiv. In the event that took place on November 30 and was organized by the Mexico Vivo foundation participated the director of UNAIDS for Latin America,  Dr. Cesar Núñez, the general director of the national center for hiv/aids control and prevention,  Dr. Patricia Uribe Zúñiza and other guests  from health, human rights and health…
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Alarming figures on the reduction of new infections

Alarming figures on the reduction of new infections

  • 14th December 2015
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“Each year, UNAIDS publishes a report on the World AIDS Day full of epidemiological data and analysis on the global hiv epidemic. We fully agree that there is much to be proud of. In particular, the progress in treatment scale-up to 36.9 million people living with hiv; now, nearly 16 million people have access to lifesaving medication“, Dr. Alvaro Bermejo said during his presentation before the Board of the Alliance. However, Dr. Bermejo expressed his concern, in the context of the current campaign led by UNAIDS on the “Fast track” to end AIDS by 2030, for the apparent stabilization in the number of people that are being reported as new cases of hiv infection. In the latest UNAIDS strategy (2016-2021), the agreed aim to “eliminate” all new infections is to reduce them to 200,000 a year by 2030. The Director of the Alliance argued that a reduction of 200,000 is…
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Bolivia – Hiv and gender-based violence

Bolivia – Hiv and gender-based violence

  • 14th December 2015
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Being a woman and having hiv looks like an important challenge in countries where violence, lack of information, discrimination and male chauvinism become the enemy that women with hiv must face every day. "When you find out you have hiv your world crumbles and it seems that all your dreams will remain just dreams; you never think it's possible to go on", commented Laura, a 42 year-old woman with hiv. In Bolivia, according to the National Progress Report on the Response to hiv, for every 17 men with hiv, there are 10 women with the same diagnosis. The main route of transmission is sexual intercourse which corresponds to over 90% of the cases, other 3% is related to mother-to-child transmission, while 1% belongs to blood transmission. There is a strong link between hiv and gender-based violence. A woman with hiv is generally in a violent situation because of the actions…
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