Featured Speaker: Mr. Anand Grover, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India and Director, Lawyers Collective, India. Furthermore, Grover is member of GAPW´s Advisory Council. “As you know, access to essential medicines is an integral component of the Right to Health and has been specifically enunciated under a number of international instruments, including the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Article 12 of the ICESCR provides for the right of everyone to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. States have an obligation to respect (not interfere with the right itself), protect (prevent interference by others) and fulfill (take all administrative measure) the right to health”.
In the last few weeks, the Chechnya´s authorities have been accused of kidnap, torture and murder of LGBT people. The Russian newspaper “Novaya Gazeta” said that there’s a “ gay concentration camp” and at least 100 gays men have been abducted by the police. The government denies the existence of any concentration camp and says that there are no homosexuals in the country. According to locals NGO’s, after being arrested and tortured, the homosexuals are returned to be murdered by their own families in order to save their honor.
“PrEP is coming into at the same time of social media apps. Hookup culture is really at its zenith. I know from my interactions in those apps that people are taking it as a free card to forego condoms. Most of the time, not always. That doesn’t mean they’re being careless. Before people tend to sero-sort. Match negative and negative, positive with positive. Now I see like a tagline… Of people saying I’m on PrEP, and you know what that means: “Wink wink”. I have mixed feelings about that”, said a young man to Sexual Observer.
The Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA) and the Global AIDS Policy Watch (GAPW) supported the Global Day of Action against Roche’s inhumanity. The abusive prices of medications is a common practice from the pharmaceutics’ industry across the world that obstructs the access to treatment and kills thousands of patients that face the HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis and other infections.