Latin American and Caribbean countries aim to reduce new HIV cases by 75 percent

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latin-americaLatin American and Caribbean countries will aim to reduce new cases of HIV by 75 percent by 2020, according to the Pan American Health Organization. The new targets were set last week at the second Latin American and Caribbean Forum on the HIV Continuum of Care, along with targets to achieve an environment of zero stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV in the region.

PAHO says sex workers, drug users, transsexual women, gay men and other men who have sex with men are among the most vulnerable populations in the region, along with the homeless and female victims of violence. PAHO estimates two million people are infected with HIV in the region, and another 100,000 become infected every year.

The new targets also include access to combination HIV prevention packages for 90 percent of transsexuals, gay men and other men who have sex with men, and sex workers by 2020.

Latin America and Caribbean countries also plan to remove legislation used to discriminate against people living with or affected by HIV.

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