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We need your help. Venezuela’s HIV medication is running out.

We need your help. Venezuela’s HIV medication is running out.

  • 2nd May 2016
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The limited availability of medication in Venezuela is reaching a critical point. The country is set to run out of ARVs by the end of June. And when that happens, the lives of the 61,000 people living with HIV in Venezuela will be at risk. This is an urgent call for medication, and we will be collecting and shipping whatever we can to alleviate this looming problem. If you are able to donate any of the needed medications, please mail it to: AID FOR AIDS 515 Greenwich St. Suite 506 New York, NY 10013 If you have any questions we can be reached by phone at 212.337.8043 or you can e-mail Pedro Aguilar at paguilar@aidforaids.org The people of Venezuela need:
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Sexual practices that DO NOT transmit hiv

Sexual practices that DO NOT transmit hiv

  • 12th February 2016
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In spite of the hiv knowledge and the years it has been around, it is still common to hear people saying that hiv is "contagious" or that there are people at the movies who threaten "to infect you with aids" by using a needle. There are uncountable myths like the ones we just mentioned and for that reason is important to be informed and to know which are the real ways in which hiv can be transmitted. Now you will be presented with a list of 5 sexual practices that do not transmit hiv. Oral sex without condom There are certain sexually transmitted infections that can be transmitted through oral sex; however, hiv is not easily transmitted by oral sex. What we recommend is that if you are going to perform oral sex, avoid ejaculating in the other person's mouth and do not swallow semen. In the same manner, if…
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PrEP and how it helps to prevent hiv

PrEP and how it helps to prevent hiv

  • 12th February 2016
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Over the last few months, there has been a lot of talking related to the new PrEP or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and it has been incorporated into the everyday language of many people in the United States and other countries around the world. But, what does PrEP mean? It's a way to prevent hiv through the daily consumption of an antiretroviral called Truvada® by people with hiv. According to many studies Truvada® has 100% effectiveness in preventing hiv transmission among gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM). The problem is that it is not available in Latin America. Also, if a person wanted to buy the drug they would have to pay $ 500 for a bottle containing 30 pills what makes it very difficult, if not impossible to get it in our country under the current situation. The fact that PrEP is nearly 100% effective in…
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Brazil achieves the first 90 goal

Brazil achieves the first 90 goal

  • 12th February 2016
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In 2005 Brazil treated nearly 81,000 people with antiretroviral drugs against hiv, the largest number in its history after an increase of 13% compared to 2014, according to the Brazilian Ministry of Health, that made the announcement this last Thursday. The figures indicate that, in six years, the increase in the number of people with hiv treated by the public health system has been 97%, from 231,000 people in 2009 to 445,000 in 2015. This shows that the Brazilian Government has already reached the third of the 90-90-90 goals that was agreed to be achieved by 2020 in order to eliminate hiv. Brazil has achieved the first goal having 91% of Brazilians adults with hiv on treatment for at least 6 months, showing viral suppression. “We are getting more people tested, spreading more information, treating more people, the number of notifications is decreasing, showing that there are effective interventions being…
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Dominican Republic – Prison system and hiv

Dominican Republic – Prison system and hiv

  • 3rd February 2016
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The conditions of insalubrity, overcrowding, and oblivion make a hell the life of prisoners with hiv in prisons of the Dominican Republic. La Victoria is one of the country’s largest prisons. It was built in 1954 with a capacity for 800 people, but now houses about five thousand men. According to the register of the Departamento Médico de la Dirección General de Prisiones (Medical Department of the General Direction of Prisons), in September 2015 there were about 148 cases of hiv, of which 24% presented co-infection with tuberculosis. That same report reveals that patients are transferred to areas of quarantine to prevent the spread of the disease. One of these cases is Joseph, who has been in prison for about three years due to possession of marijuana. He looked dehydrated, with skin lesions, and visible signs of Candida in his lips. “This is a hell, we are dead in life.…
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Honduras – Honduran CCM youth

Honduras – Honduran CCM youth

  • 3rd February 2016
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In Honduras, the young industry has had uninterrupted representation in the MCP for several years, which has been key, since in other countries the youth participation is little or zero in such a structure. Youth participation is key to the hiv response and to achieve the 90-90-90 goals, especially if we take into account that in Honduras, 67% of new infections occur in young people, and within this group are most affected men who have sex with men, transgender, and sex workers, as well as adolescents. The involvement of the young sector in the MCP is vital to implement in the agenda, actions that ensure comprehensive care and break legal barriers that limit access to young people in Honduras. It should be noted that organizations such as Go young and The Pact carried out a workshop in February last year, with the purpose of making incidence and to include, within…
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Peru – Social Protests Against TPP on the Rise

Peru – Social Protests Against TPP on the Rise

  • 3rd February 2016
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On January 8, student groups called “Las Zonas” undertook several activities in different cities under the “TPP: Agreement of Death” slogan, to inform people about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) that would be signed on February 4 in New Zealand. These groups formed picket lines in front of hospitals, public places and markets to make people know about the TPP, since very few know that Peru is part of this trade agreement and its consequences. Demonstrations are performed simultaneously in Chiclayo, Arequipa, Ucayali, and Iquitos, and on January 22 a march will take place in Peru and Chile. Javier Llamoza, representative of Health Action International (HAI), says “the work done in Peru is not unique; civil society organizations in Chile, Canada and The United States also say: ‘NO to TPP’. We hope the decision won’t be approved”. Only 8 of the 19 proposals submitted by the Government address the review…
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Brazil – Gay community joins forces in Latin America

Brazil – Gay community joins forces in Latin America

  • 20th January 2016
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In Latin America, specifically in Curitiba, Brazil, the LGBTI community gathered in the First Regional Meeting of the Gay Latino Community, which took place from 18 to 20 December. This event brought together leaders from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, United States, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay; with the purpose of finding ways to guarantee the respect of human rights of lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and intersexual people of this region. It also aimed at being more efficient to respond to hiv and to other topics related to sexual diversity and human rights. This encounter was very important because it established the creation of the Gay Latino Network, which shares a vision of a Latin America that respects, protects, and celebrates the life of gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM); and whose purpose is to integrate new collaborators, decision makers and community leaders. In…
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Bolivia – Civil Society’s response to hiv

Bolivia – Civil Society’s response to hiv

  • 20th January 2016
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Fear, rejection, discrimination and mistreatment were some of the social reactions that the people with hiv had to face in Bolivia when the epidemic started, said Edgar Valdez, the Director of el Instituto para el Desarrollo Humano (IDH) in Bolivia. The first activity carried out by the IDH was fighting against stigma and discrimination towards people with hiv, expressed Valdez. He also said that there were difficult moments, a lot of people died alone because their families and friends turned their backs on them, but during those years they also witnessed kind gestures from friends, relatives and partners that were there for their loved-ones until the very end. Mr. Valdez highlights that, on one hand, they had to overcome the obstacles put by some political authorities, but on the other hand, they could always count on the support of some other authorities. Different media understood the task the IDH was…
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Peru – Hiv control goals for 2016

Peru – Hiv control goals for 2016

  • 20th January 2016
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The most important announcement related to the 2015’s achievements was Peru's inclusion in the list of the 10 countries that reduced hiv's mortality rate faster between 1990 and 2013, a list that was published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The other 9 countries that are included in this list are Honduras, Jamaica, Cape Verde, Burkina Faso, Thailand, Rwanda, Burundi, India, and Cambodia. For 2016, Peru has set as one of their most important objectives the start of the 90-90-90 goals which aim to achieve that 90% of the people with hiv know their diagnosis, that 90% of them receives antiretroviral treatment and that out of that percentage receiving treatment, 90% has an undetectable viral load. At this very moment, only 50% of the people who have hiv know their diagnosis and consequently, not everybody receives antiretroviral treatment and it is still difficult that the people who…
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