We work from the Community in the response to the HIV epidemic

Corporación Kimirina is a community organization specialized in the response to the HIV epidemic, which, living up to its name "working together for a purpose", is a group of actors who have successfully complemented technical knowledge, transparent management and political commitment in order to achieve a fair and equitable society, in which people with vulnerabilities due to situations of stigma and discrimination or traditionally excluded have a central role in decisions for action, as key populations against HIV.

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About 30 years ago, a virus, the human immunodeficiency virus, caused fear, uncertainty, revealed the worst feelings of human beings who rejected and discriminated against people who had it, and also showed the best of people: solidarity, love, the pain of losing someone they loved and turning to support so that it does not happen with other people. Science advanced, largely due to the push of the affected communities and those heroes and heroines, some were left in a battle, others are still a living example of participation and militancy.

Last December 2019, the Kimirina Corporation concluded the execution of the ECU-H-KIMI grant, as well as its Principal Recipient of the civil society component in Ecuador. The work carried out in the last ten years has allowed the implementation process to be recognized by the Global Fund, which has assigned in its last feedback letter of April 30, 2020, an A1 rating to the performance of the project in its Last period January-December 2019, for an execution that exceeds the established goals, being this, the highest nomination for the qualification of project execution by this donor.

These are difficult times for everyone. UNAIDS urges people to act with kindness, not stigma and discrimination - people affected by COVID-19 are part of the solution and must be supported.

Governments must respect the human rights and dignity of people affected by COVID-19. The experience gained with the HIV epidemic can be applied to the fight against COVID-19. As in the AIDS response, governments must work with communities to find local solutions. Key populations should not be the most affected by increased stigma and discrimination as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Worldwide, among people living with HIV age 15 and older, coverage of antiretroviral therapy in 2018 was higher for women than for men. According to numerous studies, men are less likely than women to be tested for HIV to start and adhere to treatment. As a consequence, clinical outcomes in men are worse and they are more likely to die from AIDS-related causes.

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) not only improves the health and prolongs the lives of people with HIV; It also plays an important role in HIV prevention.

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