Archive for January, 2016

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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