Special Report–The 43rd General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) was held in Antigua, Guatemala, between 4th and 6th June. Member states adopted a strongly worded declaration to promote and protect the rights of vulnerable people who are affected by or live with HIV/AIDS and also adopted two Interamerican conventions against discrimination.
Latin America and The Caribbean were present at the pre-conference of Women Deliver and asked for greater investment in sexual education and access to sexual and reproductive health.
The new report "The night is another country: Violence and impunity against transgender women human rights defenders in Latin America" lauched today by REDLACTRANS and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance analyses the testimonies of transgender women human rights defenders and HIV activists in different Latin American countries, with a particular focus on Guatemala and Honduras.
It is less than a week since the 6th Latin American and Caribbean Forum on HIV/AIDS and STIs, organized by the Horizontal Technical Cooperation Group (GCTH, for its acronym in Spanish) in São Paulo, Brazil came to an end. This article aims to analyse the crisis in the response to the epidemic in Brazil, which perhaps went unnoticed by those who were not at the event.
The president of the Dominican Republic enacted Law 135-11, known as the “HIV/AIDS Law”, on 7 June 2011, although the regulations thereof are still being finalised. This national law is the result of five years of multisectorial work, and although most of its articles are very progressive, at the same time it includes the criminalisation and penalisation of HIV transmission.
On 17 May 2012, via an online press conference, REDLACTRANS, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and UNAIDS launched a collection of case studies of experiences and lessons learned from transgender people organizations in six countries in the region. This collection consists of a compilation of information about transgender people and HIV, followed by a summary of the information available on this issue.
The Global Forum on Men Who Have Sex With Men and HIV (MSMGF) has brought to light a phenomenon that is already common knowledge: the high rejection rate of abstracts on issues and programs aimed at gay men and men who have sex with men for the International AIDS Conference.
From the 10th to the 14th October 2011, linking organisations and regional networks based in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as members of the secretariat, took part in a meeting in the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia.
In the Dominican Republic, initiatives financed by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) fall under the framework of the National Response to HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria. After years of direct interventions focused on the prevention, control and treatment of these diseases, stakeholders consider the contribution of the Fund as a significant benefit to thousands of Dominicans.
In New York City on June 10th, the High Level Meeting on Universal Access came to a close. At this meeting, United Nations member countries sought to reach an agreement to review and revitalize their commitment to the response to HIV/AIDS.