Archive for 2015

Nicaragua – Having hiv and being trans: a true challenge

Nicaragua – Having hiv and being trans: a true challenge

  • 28th December 2015
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Ludwika Vega, a transexual from Nicaragua and one of the founding members of the Asociación Nicaragüense de Transgéneras (ANIT), exposes that being trans in Nicaragua is a difficult situation, but that they are fearless in spite of being victims of discrimination and social, physical and psychological violence. Their own families, the people around them and even the police discriminate and attack them. Regarding the access to health care, Ludwika said that there has been some progress. It is important to emphasize the increase in the number of health care facilities where treatment is provided to people with hiv. And also the criminalization of any act of discrimination carried out by the medical staff or any negative to give proper medical care to transgender, gay or lesbian patients. In spite of this good news, there are still some doctors that give them a religious speech and because of this, some of…
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Dominican Republic – People with hiv without access to hemodialysis

Dominican Republic – People with hiv without access to hemodialysis

  • 28th December 2015
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In Dominican Republic people with kidney failure and hiv are not allow to receive hemodialysis treatment in public health centers. In this regard, at least two specialists in the nephrology field who were consulted said that in order to grant people with hiv access to hemodialysis, it is imperative to have hemodialysis equipment that is only used for the patients with hiv, a special booth only for them and staff to look after them. This refusal to provide health care violates people with hiv's rights and puts the country in reverse taking into consideration the vast progress that has taken place in Latin America and the Caribbean during the past years. It is important to say that this negative to treat them is strictly based on stigma and discrimination because as an epidemiologist who prefers to remain anonymous said, the protocol is the same for all the patients, it is…
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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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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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