In 2013, AHF partnered with CEPROSH, a NGO in Puerto Plata city, to support and improve medical care for the more than 1,200 patients treated at that clinic. AHF Dominican Republic then joined with the Ministry of Prisons of the Federal Government in Santo Domingo to implement a Rapid Test Program and provide medical care in La Victoria jail. AHF DR continues to seek new partners to expand its Rapid Test Program and connect more people to proper care and treatment.
Recent surveillance data shows HIV/AIDS in the Dominican Republic is is concentrated among gays, transsexuals, and men who have sex with men. In recent years, the country has established aggressive health care policies to combat the epidemic, including decentralizing healthcare and the application of a holistic approach to provide prevention, support, and greater access to care. Despite the country’s effort to develop a comprehensive approach and the many public and private organizations that support the nation’s efforts, the Dominican Republic still faces difficulty implementing new laws on HIV/AIDS, coordinating logistics and supply of affordable medicine, improving information systems and conducting surveillance and evaluations. Further, stigma and discrimination have made it difficult for some to gain access to care and find and sustain a job.
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