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UN Wants Brazil to End Discrimination on AIDS Treatment

Angels of Brazil With the goal of promoting awareness of the link between AIDS and tuberculosis and the necessity to address discrimination in Brazil's response to HIV, the head of the United Nations agency charged with coordinating the fight against HIV/AIDS is in Brazil this week .

Brazil is home to some 40% of people (730,000) living with HIV in Latin America, the largest epidemic in the region, while the next most significant HIV-positive population lives in Mexico with 200,000 people.

However, AIDS mortality rates were halved between 1996 and 2002 thanks to the country's commitment to providing access to both HIV prevention and treatment services, which has also helped stabilise the epidemic.

"We have to stop people living with HIV from dying of tuberculosis," Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint UN Program on HIV/AIDS UNAIDS, said at the launch of a report by the World Health Organization, WHO on global TB control.

"Universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support must include TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment. When HIV and TB services are combined, they save lives," stressed Mr. Sidibé.

Underscoring a message of solidarity with those affected by HIV and his opposition to laws blocking AIDS services, Mr. Sidibé will meet in Brasí­lia with government officials, the National Congress Parliamentary group on HIV, as well as civil society actors active in promoting HIV awareness, protecting human rights and ending stigma and discrimination.

One meeting will bring together national level representatives of groups representing people living with HIV, youth, women, and lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans-genders to discuss these issues within the national and local context.

Mr. Sidibé also plans to visit organizations providing vital services to children and young people in Rio de Janeiro as part of his first official trip to Brazil since becoming Executive Director of UNAIDS.

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  • forrest allen brown

    chc
    people just dont know

    look at porto rico
    the minister for the aids health care sold off more than half the drugs and put the money in his pocket while
    hundreds died .

    BUT HE IS IN JAIL IN THE USA NOW WHERE HE WILL HOPE FULLY GET THE AIDS .
    and die that slow death he put so many people through

  • ch.c.

    Funny !
    No one has disagreed with my above comment…so far !
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  • ch.c.

    “Brazil is home to some 40% of people (730,000) living with HIV in Latin America, the largest epidemic in the region”
    And Robbing Hook is proud of his sucess against AIDS in Brazil !

    Hip hip Lula….Hip hip Lulla….Hip hip Lullaaaaaa !

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