Rio de Janeiro – prevention and zero discrimination are key to eradicate HIV

  • August 28, 2015
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CENSIDA-20150820-2-FORO-LAT-562x220Rio de Janeiro welcomed many activists from different countries of Latin America during the three days of activities in the framework of the second Latin-American Forum on the Continuum of HIV Care.

Civil society played an important role in the decision-making process that directly affects the region. During the many discussions, representatives of community-based organizations pointed out that the proposed indicators require financing and several countries are restricting it. Therefore, it was proposed to add a measurable financial goal that will look for countries to allocate a percentage of their funds to the HIV prevention.

Similarly, the subject of zero discrimination was widely discussed. Many representatives of various organizations agreed that by the year 2020 all persons must be guaranteed a life free of discrimination. Also, by 2030, the twelve key populations will be enjoying all their Human Rights and social services.

To achieve this goal, which seems maybe a little utopian, it is necessary that there are no laws, policies or discriminatory regulations related to HIV. It is for this reason that all countries must create laws that help key populations, as well as repeal laws that discriminate and eliminate barriers to access to sexual and reproductive rights, and the right to gender identity.

Women cannot be left apart, since machismo in Latin America is still oppressing women. For this reason, during the Forum, several times the need to respond to the needs of women considering their specific needs was highlighted.

Finally, participants stressed the need that the agencies involved in the HIV response must generate guides that allow us to fully understand the goals.