World (Ensia) – Scientists and physicians are looking for clues to a worrying increase in fungal infections and exploring ways to reduce the threat. Fungi are everywhere — from the mushrooms that decompose fallen logs in the forest, to the mold…
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.
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.