AID FOR AIDS Mexico is one of the local offices of AID FOR AIDS International, with a presence in Mexico since 2004, through the Access to Treatment Program.

It was officially registered in the country in 2012 in Mexico City given the growing information, prevention and education needs in the communities as well as the need to reduce the impact of HIV in the country.

Programs in our AID FOR AIDS Mexico office

Access to treatment program

It provides antiretroviral treatment to people with HIV or AIDS who do not have access to treatment, especially the latest-generation medications that are not available in the country.

Thanks to this program, people with HIV who resist the treatment scheme offered by the Ministry of Health and Social Security may have access to other antiretroviral treatments that save their lives.

 

“How Much Do You Know?” program

The “How Much Do You Know?” program is the primary prevention program that has allowed us to generate in adolescents and young adults in Latin America and the Caribbean a desire for training in order to become leaders agents of change in their communities.

Through a methodology of peer-to-peer education, they receive training and then transmit what they have learned to their peers.

During the training, participants are invited to connect with themselves, allowing the updated information and the emotional contact to flow easily.

Focused on the comprehensive preventive health vision, the curriculum includes:

  • comprehensive life health plan
  • basic concepts of HIV and AIDS
  • oratory techniques based on mental maps
  • sexual and reproductive education
  • stigma and discrimination
  • development of life skills identified by the World Health Organization (WHO), such as:
    • self-knowledge
    • peer pressure management techniques
    • decision-making techniques
    • stress management
    • life project
    • oratory techniques based on mental maps.

The transversal axis of the program is Neurolinguistic Programming: a model that facilitates communication effectiveness, the updating of beliefs, modeling and reframing of language that guarantees the use of a language more inclusive.

 

“Ámate Indígena” program

Its goal is to address the HIV epidemic in indigenous communities through education for HIV prevention, HIV testing and access to medical services.

Since its inception in 2015, AFAI has trained indigenous women in Mexico in three states who in turn will provide HIV primary prevention to approximately 3,000 individuals in their communities.

In 2015, AFAI trained indigenous healthcare providers in Mexico City as facilitators of HIV prevention and HIV trainers. AFAI provided information related to HIV prevention in native languages.

Accomplishments (2004-2017)

2008:

  • AID FOR AIDS participated in the XVII International HIV Conference in Mexico.

2013:

  • AID FOR ADS and Fundación Angélica Fuentes hold gala dinner at the Museo Tamayo.

2014:

  • Comprehensive health is promoted as a lifesytle in printed materials and social networks.
  • An alliance is signed with SEDEREC and the “Ámate Indígena” project is launched. Its goal is to reduce the impact of HIV focused on prevention education, call for action to be tested, access to treatment and strengthening of the health system serving the indigenous communities in Mexico City.
  • An alliance is made with the Comisión Nacional para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas (CDI)/ONU for the benefit of indigenous communities in Mexico. The project is focused on the comprehensive prevention, empowerment and leadership of indigenous communities.
  • AID FOR AIDS International and the Board of Directors of AFAarte (Oscar Román, Art Space México Gallery, Galería Marchantes, Grafica Workshop, Jesus Huitrón, José Nuño, Treager Gallery and Pinto, Lart23 Gallery, Art Traffic Gallery, Solomon Cohen among others) launched the International Graphic Festival
  • AID FOR AIDS develops an ambitious project “Illuminating art with red” taking advantage of the framework of the international day in the response to HIV (1st December): prevention campaign and call to be tested for HIV.
  • AID FOR AIDS together with Condomóvil and AHF make available 10,000 free HIV tests and more than 15,000 free condoms.

2015:

  • The project “tables for health” is developed, partnering with main restaurants in the country for an HIV-free generation and for a healthier Mexico by strengthening AID FOR AIDS programs.
  • AID FOR AIDS participates in the Tepeji Health Fair Live in commemoration of the international day of HIV response:
    • The project is based on a campaign focused on the general population of the municipality of Tepeji del Río Ocampo that address its efforts to preventive HIV education, awareness and call for rapid tests to detect new diagnosis.
    • This campaign includes giving condoms, printed materials on prevention and proper use of condoms, conferences and workshops to raise awareness about stigma and discrimination, as well as counseling to perform rapid screening tests, the tests themselves and counseling in case of new diagnosis.
  • Ximena Navarrete, Miss Universe 2010, is named ambassador of the “Ámate Indígena” program.
  • AID FOR AIDS holds the first “My Hero” Gala at the Jumid Museum in Mexico City, awarding Miguel Ortiz Monasterio for his great career as a promoter of sexual health and his work in the field of HIV in the country.
  • The “Píntate de información, esculpe tu vida” campaign is launched: HIV campaign against stigma and discrimination in the voice of artists as a cultural figure in society.
  • An alliance is formed with Playboy condoms. The partnership aims to promote prevention for ITS, including HIV, unwanted pregnancies, and access and correct use of condoms.
  • NY specialists train visual artists about HIV prevention and correct use of language.
  • The “Free eXpression” project is launched as an important source of fundraising through the donation of the work of important plastic artists living in the country.
  • An activity promoting sexual health and proper use of a condom is carried out by making a call to be tested for HIV, by making available to the Mexican population HIV tests, by spreading prevention information and HIV supplies in the framework of the play “Amor de Hermanos”.

Our staff

Joel Rentería
Accountant
JRenteria@aidforaids.org

Our allies

  • SEDEREC,  Secretaría de Desarrollo Rural y Equidad para las Comunidades
  • CDI, Comisión Nacional Para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas
  • AHF, AIDS Healthcare Foundation
  • Playboy Condoms
  • Condomóvil A.C.
  • Filmit
  • Rubik
  • Alba de la Selva Design Lab
  • Rock and Ruedas
  • Cuervo

To make a donation for our Mexico office

  • Online
  • By phone: +1 (212) 337-8043 to provide payment information.
  • By mail sending checks payable to: AID FOR AIDS International. Address: 131 Varick Street. Suite 1011 New York, NY 10013