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Panama – first lady as the new Ambassador of hiv and 90-90-90

Panama – first lady as the new Ambassador of hiv and 90-90-90

  • 4th December 2015
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Panama took an important step to joining the UNAIDS’ accelerated action strategy and bet to meet the goal of zero new hiv infections to 2030. Hand in hand with the signing of the agreement, UNAIDS appointed the Panamanian first lady as Ambassador of hiv in Latin America. During the official visit of Michel Sidibé to Panama on 16th November in the Amphitheater of the Presidency was signed an agreement between the Ministry of Health and UNAIDS, aimed at the 90-90-90 goals. In the same ceremony, the first lady of Panamá, Varela Lorena Castillo, was officially designated as Special Ambassador for UNAIDS on hiv in Latin America. Panama has made progress in the response and it is right to point out that the Ministry of Health has strengthened clinics care for the population at highest risk and by 2016 it is planned to open three more clinics, located in the Changuinola,…
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Criminalization of hiv transmission might end 35 years of work

Criminalization of hiv transmission might end 35 years of work

  • 4th December 2015
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It is important to consider whether the applicable laws and regulations regarding the criminalization of hiv transmission are actually a way to seek justice or they are just a measure to avoid political responsibility on hiv prevention. Recently in Argentina, a man sentenced to 3 years in prison whose sentence was suspended, revived the controversy and made visible those other hidden cases, but with large subjectivities and misunderstandings of the law. The Cámara del Crimen (Chamber of the Crime) in Argentina, took to the Court a man accused of transmitting hiv to his former partner in “malicious way”, in 2012. According to Argentine media, the women knew about her health situation, after a leakage of information about the diagnosis of the defendant through the medical staff of the hospital where he was being attended. On the other hand, a more serious case, is that of a man sentenced to 10…
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WHO faces hiv drug resistance

WHO faces hiv drug resistance

  • 4th December 2015
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The hiv drug resistance is the ability of the virus to mutate and reproduce in the presence of antiretroviral drugs. The consequences of hiv resistance to drugs include the failure of the treatment; the transmission of resistant strains of hiv; the increase in direct and indirect costs for both patients and health systems, due to the need to manage other more expensive second- and third-line therapies. PAHO and WHO recommended a public health approach to the surveillance of the hiv drug resistance based on a set of tools that must be implemented in all countries that are expanding access to antiretroviral therapy. The WHO’s strategy includes: Monitoring of early warning indicators in the resistance to drugs. Surveillance of drug resistance of hiv in adults who start antiretroviral therapy (pre-treatment resistance) Surveillance of drug resistance of hiv in adults receiving antiretroviral treatment (acquired resistance) Surveillance of resistance of hiv in children…
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Dominican Republic –  Haitians with hiv fear eviction

Dominican Republic – Haitians with hiv fear eviction

  • 24th November 2015
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In 2013, the Dominican Republic's Constitutional Court issued a ruling that denationalized all persons that were born in the country to foreign parents. Said ruling came into force in June 2015 and entails repatriate around 30,000 Haitians. It is estimated that at least 3,2% of these 30,000 have hiv whether they are receiving treatment or not. However, Dr. Rosanna Carpio commented that percentage could exceed 5%. According to Héctor Mateo, peer educator at the Comprehensive Care Unit at Luis E. Aybar Hospital, the fear of eviction is more palpable in the comprehensive care services that are located downtown and nearly 30% of Haitians immigrants that receive treatment in this hospital have disappeared: some of them have already been repatriated and others remain hidden. On the one hand, having hiv put Haitians immigrants at a greater disadvantage, due to the fact that they must pass through the cities' downtown areas looking…
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