Housing Activists in the House, Brazilian Activists Pressure on PEPFAR: Good Morning Global Village!

| July 26, 2012
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Housing Activists in the House, Brazilian Activists Pressure on PEPFAR: Good Morning Global Village!

Drums, bells, chanting seems to be commonplace in the Global Village today. But housing activists from Housing Works took to the Global Village early this morning to send the reminder that housing continues to be a strong social determinant that impacts the health care of people living with HIV. Circling the Global Village, the marchers yelled “Nothing about us, without us!”  a consistent motto that is uniting activists here at AIDS 2012.

A contingent of Brazilian activists also joined the march, as both groups headed to and interrupted a press conference on the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). There has been growing concern that Brazil has been regressing in meeting goals for fighting HIV/AIDS. Although the country is known for setting the bar by overcoming stringent trade policies in producing generic antiretroviral medications as an effort to cut costs and expand treatment access, the epidemic still continue to rage. The United States also cut PEPFAR funding to Brazil due to noncompliance by the government to denounce prostitution, a policy that has been strongly advocated against by sex worker rights activists at AIDS 2012.

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Category: HIV Prevention, Human Rights & Social Justice, Treatment Access

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