Archive for August, 2014

Medicine shortage crisis in Venezuela continues

Medicine shortage crisis in Venezuela continues

  • 28th August 2014
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Through a communiqué posted last Monday August 25th, 2014, on the official website of the Venezuelan Ministry of Popular Power for Health, announced the arrival of HIV medicines in the Vargas Hospital. However, a large number of HIV patients reported that Kaletra, Duovir, Rayataz, and Viraday are still absent. “The scarcity of antiretroviral totally belies the claims of the Coordinator of the National AIDS Program, Miguel Morales, who said that ‘all HIV medications, for the month of September, arrived in the hospital’. These statements were published last Monday (...) in an article entitled Entregan medicamentos antirretrovirales a Hospital Vargas de Caracas (Caracas Vargas Hospital receives HIV medicines) on the website of the Ministry of Health”. Said Alberto Nieves, Executive Director of Acción Ciudadana Contra el Sida. It was also announced that the administration of the Vargas Hospital pharmacy will now be in charge of the direction of the same hospital,…
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ViceVersa Magazine Highlights AID FOR AIDS

ViceVersa Magazine Highlights AID FOR AIDS

  • 27th August 2014
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Every day AID FOR AIDS gains more supporters. A clear example of this is ViceVersa Magazine, whose team published two articles that in many ways summarize our work. The first article entitled “The big AID FOR AIDS family: Maria Eugenia Maury”, talks about the unrivaled support of the President of our Board of Directors, Maria Eugenia. The article also addresses the work of some of our members who work hard day after day to improve AID FOR AIDS’ programs. Such is the case of Lupe Aguais, Director of the program How Much Do You Know? and Jaime Valencia, Director of Operations. Both of them, along with Maria Eugenia, are important elements for the success of AID FOR AIDS’ programs. Adding to this, ViceVersa published a second article that takes us back to the beginnings of AID FOR AIDS in 1996. The article talks about our HIV Recycling Program. It also…
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LGBT Entrepreneurs: Their Social Responsibilities and HIV

LGBT Entrepreneurs: Their Social Responsibilities and HIV

  • 21st August 2014
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The LGBT population is one of most financially powerful groups in the US. Members of that community have recently carried out efforts to replicate their successes and economic growth in analogous communities in Latin America. The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is a division of the United States Chamber of Commerce that has started a Global network of LGBT Chambers of Commerce in order to economically empower local LGBT communities and also identify and grow businesses in those communities. In this context, entrepreneurs of the United States NGLCC visited Mexico a few months ago to carry out the second LGBT Summit of the Americas and to promote the growth of small businesses in the community. According to the NGLCC, such steps are the most effective way to empower and economically advance the global LGBT community. The Summit of the Americas, which was held in April 2014, provided…
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Venezuela – Long Awaited Anti HIV and AIDS discrimination Law Ready to Be Put into Practice

Venezuela – Long Awaited Anti HIV and AIDS discrimination Law Ready to Be Put into Practice

  • 18th August 2014
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AID FOR AIDS, through its Observatorio Latino Initiative, salutes and celebrates this achievement of Venezuelan Civil society. We consider that this proposal of law could lead to the end of the shortages of ARV drugs in Venezuela. Yesterday, 14 August 2014, Venezuela celebrated the National Assembly’s unanimous passage and adoption of the "Bill for the promotion and protection of the right to equality for persons with HIV/AIDS and their families", which prohibits any act or conduct of discrimination committed by any person or by any place of work, institutions for health , education, sports, recreation, culture or law, public or private, against persons with HIV/AIDS and their families, based on their health condition; says Alberto Nieves, Venezuelan activist. This law, Mr. Nieves says: "recognizes persons with HIV and AIDS, and family as a vulnerable group due to their health situation," who "have the right to be treated with humanity and…
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The Criminalization of Sex Work Means a Lot More New Cases of HIV

The Criminalization of Sex Work Means a Lot More New Cases of HIV

  • 13th August 2014
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  At this year’s XX International AIDS Conference 2014 a study was presented whose authors concluded that the decriminalization of sex work would lead to a reduction in HIV infections of at least a third in the three countries examined. The researchers concluded, after completing their study in India, Kenya and Canada, that the decriminalization of sex work would result in a decrease in new infections of between 33% and 46% in those countries. “Across all settings, decriminalization of sex work could have the largest impact on the HIV epidemic among sex workers over just 10 years,” said Kate Shannon, an associate professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia and the lead author of the study. “Governments and policymakers can no longer ignore the evidence.” Five high risk groups, men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who inject drugs, prisoners and sex workers, account for about…
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An epidemic of hate and its laws…

An epidemic of hate and its laws…

  • 7th August 2014
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                        Over the last year, a group of bigoted, misguided laws has illuminated the lack of global progress on the issue of HIV. Most notably Uganda, Russia and the Ukraine have directed sanctions towards the LGBTI and HIV communities. The state of world affairs is certainly far from where we’d hope; in total, 46 countries retain restrictive laws of entry or stay for people with HIV, 116 countries criminalize sex work, 78 countries pursue and punish sex between people of the same sex, and 61 countries criminalize exposure or transmission of HIV. These are laws that directly or indirectly lead to increases in the transmission and stigma towards HIV. These laws, which have recently made headlines, are motivated by hatred towards people with HIV, and as well as other key populations. Men who have sex with men, transgender people,…
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