Mexico – Program of Specific Actions for the HIV Response: Progress and Challenges

  • February 28, 2015
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mujer vihAccording to the national HIV program, during 2012 in Mexico only 52% of people with HIV was aware of their diagnosis. 40% was in treatment and only 26% had an undetectable viral load. Unfortunately we don’t have specific information by age, sex, or other certain social situations, which makes it hard on the obtaining of an exact estimate of the impact of the epidemic in Mexican women.

The Program of Specific Actions for the HIV Response recognizes the need to expand the prevention work to people who are in a situation of inequality. In this way, we can achieve early diagnosis and improve the quality of care, giving as a result a great improvement in the quality of life of people with HIV.

In addition to the populations of men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers and drug users, the Program of Action proposes to include women and young people; a population that is usually found in inequality and; therefore at risk of acquiring the infection.

Despite advances in language, specific actions for women are few and the indicators proposed are not by sex, age, and they’re not specific to measure actions for women.

Similarly, another important factor is the discrimination based on gender, another relevant issue that is left out. We must emphasize the importance of compliance with the official Mexican 046 standard to identify, prevent and address family violence in the users of health services. However, this rule is not mentioned in the Program of Specific Action, and this document neither mentions the actions to be implemented in this context by the HIV-related services.

Let us remember that this is one of the goals with which Mexico is committed regarding the political declaration on HIV and AIDS of the United Nations in 2011 and should have an indicator that is aligned to the international commitment under the national program.

Finally, it is essential that organizations working in favor of the response to HIV and women support recognize, analyze and monitor compliance with different national commitments to ensure the compliance with the established in the National Development Plan, and many other organizations such as Programa Transversal PROIGUALDAD, Programa Sectorial de Salud, Programas de Acción Específico de VIH, Planificación Familiar, Violencia, Adolescentes y Salud Materna.