On 20 August it was held the second Forum on the HIV Continuum of Care in Latin America. The Forum took place in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and it was attended by various representatives of civil society organizations such as AID FOR AIDS, by Ministers of Health and international organizations such as UNAIDS and PAHO.
During the Forum, different aspects of high importance on issues regarding the HIV Continuum of Care were discussed. In the first sessions, the need for goals and clear objectives in this matter to mobilize the required resources was also highlighted. Then began the discussion about the 90-90-90 goals, established in 2014 as part of the first edition of the Forum on the HIV Continuum of Care.
The first day of activities covered the first goal, which established that 90 percent of people with HIV know their diagnosis. In addition, the importance of HIV diagnosis in key populations and minors was highlighted, since sex life starts at increasingly younger ages.
“The actions to be carried out must be mainstream by the axis of zero discrimination. In addition, one of the tasks of this second Forum will be set targets on the eradication of discrimination and stigma associated with HIV (…)”, said César Nuñez, UNAIDS representative.
Mr. Núñez also emphasized that the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Objectives (SDO) moves forward, as its name implies, to the sustainability of the HIV response.
When the session of questions and answers started, different members of civil society pointed out that in order to increase the application of the HIV rapid test, the new guidelines recently designed by WHO should be recognized and implemented, which stated that a correctly trained person can carry out these tests and must guarantee the 5C principles: Consent, Confidentiality, Counseling, and Connection to health services.
AID FOR AIDS attended the Forum through its Advocacy Director, Enrique Chávez, who participated actively during the questions and answers session. “It is important to take into account the particularities of each country. Each country has different mechanisms and realities. It is important that at the end, we all obtain the same result”, said Enrique Chávez.
Finally, other points that were discussed during the next sessions included access to treatment and strategies to keep people linked to the establishment of health, as well as various strategies that will contribute to preventing new infections.