Regional forum highlights achievements and gaps in HIV responses across Latin America

Published: August 31, 2012

More than 4000 delegates—including government officials, health experts, community leaders, scientists, indigenous populations, youth and people living with HIV—convened from 28-31 August in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the 6th Latin American and Caribbean Forum on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
 
Hosted by the Government of Brazil in collaboration with the Horizontal Technical Cooperation Group, PAHO, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF and civil society regional networks, the forum provided an opportunity to take stock of progress, challenges and lessons learned in HIV responses across the region. Participants engaged on a range of issues, from AIDS financing and new HIV prevention technologies to strategies for closing treatment access gaps.
 
Brazil widens treatment access
 
As delegates gathered in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s Ministry of Health announced that it will expand its national AIDS treatment programme to include at least 35 000 more people. Brazil currently provides free antiretroviral treatment to 223 000 people living with HIV—a coverage of 69%—according to government estimates.

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