Archive for November, 2015

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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Peru –  the country has a multisectoral plan for hiv

Peru – the country has a multisectoral plan for hiv

  • 24th November 2015
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The Multisectoral Plan for the Prevention and Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections – STI and hiv (PEM) was passed for the period 2015-2019. This plan aims to strengthen the response to STIs and hiv by the State and the civil society through national, regional and local actions. Pablo Anamaría, Asociación Vía Libre's Program Director and activist for the community of people with hiv expressed his concern regarding the fact that the plan was created without the civil society’s contribution. He also exposed that there is a lack of indicators of preventive service coverage for the trans, lesbian, gay and bisexual community (LGBT). In the same way, it is known that PEM requires budget allocation for its activities, but it will be financially supported to the extent that each sector manages a budget for the actions on an annual basis. This, according to Anamaría means that they will have to wait…
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Guatemala – the antiretroviral shortage is exacerbated

Guatemala – the antiretroviral shortage is exacerbated

  • 24th November 2015
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The RedTrasex network, the Latinamerican network for people with hiv, the Centroamerican network for people with hiv, ITPC – Latca, ONUSIDA, UNFPA and other organizations and activists have expressed their concern regarding the plight of the interruption of the antiretroviral treatment provision at the Guatemalan Social Security Institute (IGSS). On November 4th, la Asociación Vida broadcasted a communiqué which denounces the shortages at the IGSS during the past three years. In 2015, la Asociación Vida received 628 complaints related to the interruption of the provision for antiretroviral medications. Lamivudina, abacavir, lopinavir/ritonavir, darunavir, tenofovir, efavirenz, didanosina, raltegravir, tenofovir/emtricitabina, ritonavir and maraviroc are the medications reported as stockout at some point this year. La Asociación Vida with the support of the Commissioner for Human Rights denounced the shortage to the Executive Board of the IGSS, the Management and the Board of the Hospital Pharmacy. IGSS officials and the activists had a meeting…
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Bolivia – Peer Education and Sex Workers

Bolivia – Peer Education and Sex Workers

  • 18th November 2015
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With a flip chart and a box of condoms in her hands, Marisol, leader of the sex workers in Cochabamba and peer educator and promoter (PEP), trains other women. Day after day, Marisol visits one of the most popular places in Cochabamba known for its sex work. On this occasion, a group of about twenty women, some were getting ready to work and some others just chatting, received the training. As the sheets on the flip chart were flipped, there were questions, laughter and faces of concern, but the attention and trust prevailed. Marisol spoke of sexual transmitted infections (STI), HIV and AIDS; she gave clear examples and taught the use of the male condom. Marisol gave out condoms and snacks while hearing complaints and writing them down. She also told the girls about the last meetings with the authorities. Dr. Micaela Nava, sexual health specialist, says that Peer Education…
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Chile – Intercultural Inclusion to Improve the HIV Response

Chile – Intercultural Inclusion to Improve the HIV Response

  • 18th November 2015
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In a conference between indigenous doctors, PAHO, UNAIDS and the Chilean Ministry of Health it was stated that the HIV response must include therapists from the indigenous cultures and antiretroviral treatment to prevent more deaths. In Lampa, Chile, National Network of Original Peoples in Response to HIV/AIDS (RENPO) convened leaders and doctors from around the country to ask for antiretroviral therapies and traditional medicines for the indigenous people living with HIV. The conference took place in the Family Health Center Dr. José Bauza. Willy Morales, president of RENPO, said the aim was to bring together therapists of the medical systems from the nine indigenous peoples, representatives of the Ministry of Health, and international organizations to discuss antiretroviral drugs. Morales expressed that the official and indigenous medicine should be respected, because “we have brothers that only take medications of their culture.” “To reach the 90-90-90 goal, UNAIDS and PAHO should recognize…
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Colombia – In Need of Policies for Sexual Diversity

Colombia – In Need of Policies for Sexual Diversity

  • 18th November 2015
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HIV rates in the LGBT community in the main cities of Colombia show a lack of State policies to prevent infection. More than 40 thousand people in Colombia have HIV. Cesar Núñez, UNAIDS regional director for South America, ranks Colombia as the third country in the region with more cases of HIV per year. According to the National Institute of Health, 8,768 cases were reported until week 41 of the year 2015; it is an increase of 7.89% (641 cases) between 2014 and 2015. The two most recent epidemiological studies are from 2010, one is called Study of Prevalence in Key Populations by the Global Fund. The other is Sexual Behavior and HIV Prevalence among Men-Who-Have-Sex-with-Men (MSM) in Colombia by the Ministry of Health and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Both studies showed alarming levels of HIV in MSM and trans women; for this reason, in April 2011 it…
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