(TFC) – Another one of Donald Trump’s “America first” policies is poised to deal a heavy blow to the global community. This time, it cuts foreign aid, specifically aid for people suffering from HIV/AIDS in South Africa and the Ivory Coast.…
Criminalization sets a context in which the range of human rights violations experienced by sex workers is validated. Cross-movement collaboration on decriminalizing sex work is needed, now, more than ever.
In mid-November, I attended a RedTraSex meeting to review “Advances, challenges and strategies of the RedTraSex: strengthening sustainability and advancing the recognition of our rights.” RedTraSex is the Red de Mujeres Trabajadoras Sexuales de Latinamérica y el Caribe (Network of Sex Workers of Latin America and the Caribbean.) RedTraSex, on the cusp of celebrating its 20th anniversary, is made up of organizations from fifteen countries – Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Dominican Republic.
Last month, I was lucky enough to take part in the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa. Though harm reduction, and the rights of people who use drugs were almost non-existent on the conference agenda, I managed to visit a harm reduction project working in Cape Town, South Africa and see what services are available in the country.
The Step Up project in Cape Town is run by the TB\HIV Care Association, an NGO with almost 1000 staff operating in 16 geographical areas in South Africa. The organisation focuses on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and adherence support for people infected with, and affected by TB and HIV.
The rise of HIV is one that can be traced back almost 100 years, thanks to modern genetic profiling. Scientists hope that understanding its origin will help us better determine how to end the virus once and for all.
Diseases, while disastrous, often come and go in the public eye. We hear about ebola, but then another one quickly grabs national monitors and TV screens for its fifteen minutes.
However, one condition that seems to not fit into his norm is the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The spread of HIV is a story that would have most television dramas pale in comparison—combining elements of intrigue, suspense, and mystery into one cohesive nightmare that has blanketed the globe since the 1920s.
The Start of A Global Killer
It all began in Kinshasha, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
However, in the 1920s, it was better known as the Belgian colony of Leopoldville. A high profile location for young men to sojourn to in hopes making a fortune, as it was the capital of Belgian Congo. Therefore, with them came railroads and sex workers. Two forms of transportation that respectively spread people and infection. With a flourishing location, HIV found many opportunities to grow into the pandemic it is today.
In the hospital called “Ibn Sina” located in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, Daesh members are filling up one quarantined room. These militants are infected with HIV and their numbers are rising, a source in the hospital told Sputnik.
A source in Mosul hospital, who asked to remain anonymous, said that currently there are 23 people infected with HIV in Daesh’s ranks.
According to the source’s data, about a year ago on August 23, 2015, three patients of Asian origin were reported positive with HIV. Today this number has reached 23 people. Recently, the hospital received six young newcomers, who recently joined Daesh.
India makes the world’s medicines, but the are peddling inferior products to their own people.