Latin America and the Caribbean


Organization of American States adopts bold resolution on HIV and human rights PDF Print E-mail
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The Organization of American States (OAS)—the world's oldest regional mechanism comprising 35 independent states of the Americas—has adopted a bold new Resolution on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights of People Vulnerable to or Living with or Affected by HIV. The Resolution calls for specific measures to promote gender equality and address the needs of women, adolescents and girls, noting the strong inter-relation between gender-based violence as both a cause and consequence of HIV.


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Experiences and Perspectives of Women living with HIV in Fiji and Papua New Guinea PDF Print E-mail
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AUTHOR: Pacific Islands AIDS Foundation
DATE:  2011
PUBLISHER: Pacific Islands AIDS Foundation

This qualitative study focuses on the experiences and perspectives of HIV-positive women living in Fiji and Papua New Guinea. The purpose of the study is to give voice to women living with HIV and to allow their stories and views to inform an improved HIV response where the dignity of each and every woman and man is respected and protected. This publication expands upon the knowledge and data of HIV in the Pacific Islands Region as it explores the experiences of women living with HIV in Fiji and Papua New Guinea, the type of services that are available to these women, the impact of gender inequality on their lives and how to develop recommendations that will improve their access to services and prevent the spread of HIV.

 

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Dignity Denied: Violations of the Rights of HIV-Positive Women in Chilean Health Facilities PDF Print E-mail
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AUTHOR: Center for Reproductive Rights, Vivo Positivo
DATE: 2010
PUBLISHER: Center for Reproductive Rights

This report explores obstacles to quality care that women counter in healthcare facilities, including, lack of pre- and post-test counseling, breaches of confidentiality, discriminatory and abusive treatment, discrimination around motherhood, and coercive and forced sterilization. Section One provides an overview of the factors that contribute to Chilean women’s risk of contracting HIV. Section Two discusses HIV-positive women’s experience in Chilean healthcare facilities, as well as some of the structural barriers that impede access to quality healthcare services and the repercussions of discriminatory healthcare treatment. Section Three provides an overview of legal and human rights implications of the rights violations identifies in the report. Section Four offers recommendations to stakeholders based on the findings of the report.

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Vulnerability and Resilience: Gender and HIV/AIDS in Latin America and the Caribbean PDF Print E-mail
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AUTHOR: G. Rao Gupta
DATE: 2002
PUBLISHER: This paper reviews the most recent literature on HIV/AIDS, gender and sexuality in Latin America and the Caribbean and identifies the various ways in which gender influences the effectiveness of HIV/AIDS prevention and access to services offering treatment, care and support. Under the rubric of gender, this paper also considers issues as they affect adolescent boys and men. Recommendations for programme and policy interventions that can help to reduce gender-related vulnerabilities to HIV/AIDS draw upon analysis of the vast number of sociocultural and economic factors contributing to women's and men's vulnerability to HIV/AIDS in the region.

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The AIDS Summary: An Overview of the Latest HIV/AIDS Issues for Latin America and the Caribbean - Issue 4 PDF Print E-mail
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AUTHOR: International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region
DATE: 2001
PUBLISHER: International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region

This publication provides an overview of issues relating to youth and the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Caribbean region. It provides some facts and data of the extent of the epidemic in the Region with some ideas on prevention strategies focused on youth.

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