AHF Brazil launched in 2013 in collaboration with Pella Vidda-Rio De Janerio, a local NGO. The primary goal is to increase access to HIV testing for most-at-risk-populations (MARPs). In 2014, AHF Brazil expanded to the high-risk Amazonian Region with support of the National AIDS Program and Brazil’s Ministry of Health. With support of these local organizations, AHF Brazil will continue to develop programs to better connect clients to the necessary care and treatment.
The HIV/AIDS epidemic in Brazil is considered to be stable at the national level, but prevalence rates for HIV are high in populations including men who have sex with men (MSM), drug users, and female commercial sex workers. In recent years, the country has seen prevalence rates in young people increase and a spike in AIDS cases among MSM. Prevalence rates differ by region; with the highest HIV/AIDS cases in the Rio Grande do Sul and Amazonas. Brazil is the first developing country to initiate a Treatment as Prevention campaign that requires all who test positive to immediately seek care regardless of their CD4 count. The country devotes federal resources to combat the epidemic and has prioritized rapid testing programs to identify those infected. Yet those with HIV/AIDS still face stigma, discrimination and violence as a result of their status.
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