Archive for August, 2015

Rio de Janeiro – prevention and zero discrimination are key to eradicate HIV

Rio de Janeiro – prevention and zero discrimination are key to eradicate HIV

  • 28th August 2015
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Rio de Janeiro welcomed many activists from different countries of Latin America during the three days of activities in the framework of the second Latin-American Forum on the Continuum of HIV Care. Civil society played an important role in the decision-making process that directly affects the region. During the many discussions, representatives of community-based organizations pointed out that the proposed indicators require financing and several countries are restricting it. Therefore, it was proposed to add a measurable financial goal that will look for countries to allocate a percentage of their funds to the HIV prevention. Similarly, the subject of zero discrimination was widely discussed. Many representatives of various organizations agreed that by the year 2020 all persons must be guaranteed a life free of discrimination. Also, by 2030, the twelve key populations will be enjoying all their Human Rights and social services. To achieve this goal, which seems maybe a…
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Rio de Janeiro – day 2: condoms and combination prevention

Rio de Janeiro – day 2: condoms and combination prevention

  • 27th August 2015
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The second day of the Forum on the HIV Continuum of Care focused on the combination prevention and the importance of condoms as strategy to eradicate HIV. It is expected that this new combination prevention strategy replaces the traditional model of prevention. This forum was defined as the transition from the traditional prevention focused on key populations, to a combination of approaches in the prevention of individual and structural elements. While the use of the condom has shown great achievements in the prevention of HIV, it is true that it is not enough and it is necessary to consider new strategies. “We live in a moment in which, with the rise of anti-retrovirals, the condom use has declined and due to pornography and unconventional media, the non-use of condom during sex has been reinforced”, said Carlos Cáceres, Senior Professor of Public Health at Universidad Cayetano Heredia in Peru, and Director…
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Rio de Janeiro – Second Forum on the HIV Continuum of Care

Rio de Janeiro – Second Forum on the HIV Continuum of Care

  • 27th August 2015
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On 20 August it was held the second Forum on the HIV Continuum of Care in Latin America. The Forum took place in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and it was attended by various representatives of civil society organizations such as AID FOR AIDS, by Ministers of Health and international organizations such as UNAIDS and PAHO. During the Forum, different aspects of high importance on issues regarding the HIV Continuum of Care were discussed. In the first sessions, the need for goals and clear objectives in this matter to mobilize the required resources was also highlighted. Then began the discussion about the 90-90-90 goals, established in 2014 as part of the first edition of the Forum on the HIV Continuum of Care. The first day of activities covered the first goal, which established that 90 percent of people with HIV know their diagnosis. In addition, the importance of HIV diagnosis…
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Paraguay – members of the LGBT population take reins of the HIV epidemic

Paraguay – members of the LGBT population take reins of the HIV epidemic

  • 14th August 2015
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The first week of August, from 3 to 6 August, more than 40 activists, representatives of the LGBT and HIV community in Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil and Paraguay gathered in La Asunción, Paraguay in order to enable a space of collective building in advocacy and joint working strategies for mobilization, training, communication and the development of common actions that impact the community agendas. More than 1.8 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean have HIV. The epidemic is concentrated in gay men, other men who have sex with men, as well as trans women, sex workers and drug users. Despite the fact that, according to evidence, young people are a population highly affected by HIV, they are not part of political space, and where political decisions about HIV are made. On the other hand, a large group of Latin American activists has taken the word “bitch”, commonly…
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Panama and the Global Fund

Panama and the Global Fund

  • 14th August 2015
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After three years of implementation, the project “PEMAR Panama”, ended its first phase on December 31, 2014, without significant impacts in the course of the epidemic. Before this closure, the principal recipient sent a formal note to the Presidency of the coordinating mechanism of Panama, in which he presented his resignation and manifested not having any interest to remain as the manager of the funds in the future. On the other hand, last year it was launched the new model of financing, whereby the countries which already had a project could join. In this new scenario, Panama presented a conceptual note with a joint programming between HIV and tuberculosis in October 2014. With a joint and improved programming for the fight against these two diseases, resources will be allocated in the most successful usages, services can be expanded and their effectiveness, efficiency, quality and sustainability could be improved. A point…
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Progress in the work of the International AIDS society

Progress in the work of the International AIDS society

  • 14th August 2015
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Just few days ago, in the city of Vancouver was held the 8th Conference of the International AIDS society on pathogenesis, treatment and prevention of HIV. If we go back to 20 years, we recall that in that same place it was presented the tri-therapy or cocktail, and it was one of the most important events in the history of the epidemic. The low flow of information in our region and poor participation perhaps speaks of the importance given to these issues. That’s why many colleagues are meeting to discuss how we are going to move forward in the countries of the region. Therefore, it urges these decisive contributions to be better informed. This will definitely be a conference to remember, in addition to the 90-90-90 strategy, it will be remembered because it was the event in which pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) went from clinical trials to be used in the…
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New global commitment to development

New global commitment to development

  • 7th August 2015
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August 2, 2015, more than 190 countries agreed the new objectives of sustainable development that were approved by the United Nations. There were three years of hard work by many Governments, agencies and members of civil society. On the other hand, a situation, perhaps still a little frustrating is the little progress on agreed goals that were set years ago: the so-called Millennium Development Goals (MDG), from which reports were rendered this year. The topics included in the new agenda are: Universal Human Rights. HIV Universal quality health coverage Universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights Gender equality and the empowerment of women Autonomy of people with HIV Social, economic and political inclusion of all Reduction of the inequalities of the results and the Elimination of laws, policies and discriminatory practices. This agenda is truly universal and applies to high-income, middle-income and low-income countries equally. There is…
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UNAIDS recommendations before new goals

UNAIDS recommendations before new goals

  • 7th August 2015
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Recently the world celebrated that more than 15 million people have, finally, access to antiretroviral treatment. In addition, new goals have been set for ending the hiv epidemic by the year 2030. However, UNAIDS reminded countries that it is important that new trade agreements, to provide medicines to its citizens, are clear and do not hamper access to antiretrovirals, since otherwise it would be a step back in this struggle. “During the negotiation of new trade agreements, the flexibility mechanisms established in the TRIPS Agreement and the Doha Declaration must be respected to protect public health and to provide access to medicines for all”, said Executive Director of ONUSIDA Michel Sidibé. The world is at a crucial stage against hiv. It is time to decide and to realize if we can put an end to the epidemic as a threat to public health by 2030. Governments should avoid everything that…
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Venezuela – proposal for a National Human Rights Plan

Venezuela – proposal for a National Human Rights Plan

  • 7th August 2015
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On 14 July, the Vice-President of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, proposed a National Human Rights Plan that includes a public consultation until August 15th this year. In 2011, Venezuela rejected this recommendation of the United Nations Human Rights Council, and now 4 years later this initiative is being reconsidered. This rectification is an opportunity that can help develop a culture of Human Rights in Venezuela. If we wish to effectively meet the defense and protection of Human Rights in Venezuela, it is necessary that the National Human Rights Plan includes the principles incorporated in the universal standards of protection of Human Rights accepted and legitimized by the Venezuelan State given the agreements signed and ratified in the matter. The decline of the State towards these obligations usually leads to violations or undue restrictions of Human Rights, as in the current Venezuela. For this reason, so that the plan is recognized in…
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While celebrating achievements with UNAIDS… let’s continue to work for everything left

While celebrating achievements with UNAIDS… let’s continue to work for everything left

  • 4th August 2015
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On July 14th, UNAIDS, the United Nations agency for HIV and AIDS, made the big announcement that Millennium Development Goal 6 has been met ahead of schedule. Millennium Development Goal 6 was adopted by the Member countries of the United Nations in the year 2000. This was especially great news to those of us who have and continue to work on the issue of HIV, and prompts us to continue our commitment to reducing of the impact of the virus in the world. However, this news has also brought confusion in the midst of the celebration. For this reason, AID FOR AIDS (AFA) would like to share some points to keep in mind as a result of the announcement “UNAIDS announces that the goal of 15 million people on life-saving HIV treatment by 2015 has been met nine months ahead of schedule.” First, it is necessary to differentiate between HIV…
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