They officiate at the Minsal by protocol for the vaccination of...

They officiate at the Minsal by protocol for the vaccination of...
They officiate at the Minsal by protocol for the vaccination of...

Claudia Mix, Deputy of Commons, sent a letter to the Minister of Health, Enrique Paris; the Undersecretary of Public Health, Paula Daza; the head of the Immunization Department, Cecilia González; and the head of the HIV and STI Control and Prevention Department of the Disease Prevention and Control Division, Ana María San Martín, as a result of flaws in the proposed protocol for vaccinating people living with HIV.

In the office, the deputy requests to reimplement, prepare and adapt a national inoculation scheme for Covid-19 to patients living with HIV / AIDS, together with guaranteeing the right to confidentiality of those who prefer to keep their serological status confidential.

What’s more, asks that all HIV Care Centers and Sexual Health Care Centers in the country be enabled, so that they are available as safe vaccination spaces exclusively for people living with HIV, in order that these patients can have timely and effective access to their clinical history, together with full knowledge of their health status and thereby provide sufficient information that the administration of the vaccine implies.

“We need non-discriminatory treatment of people with HIV, that the right to health, physical integrity, liberty and safety of these patients be respected, who, unfortunately in many cases, must deal with an unjust stigma imposed by the society”said Deputy Mix, who chaired the Commission of the Chamber of Deputies that investigated the actions of the Minsal in relation to the crisis due to HIV / AIDS treatment between 2010-2018.

At the same time, Victor Hugo Robles, journalist and activist for the rights of people living with HIV, pointed out that this “It is the best alternative, it is the best possibility we have to avoid situations of stigma and discrimination and also to neutralize the anguish, the fear that people living with HIV have, especially in regions, of going to get vaccinated at the doctor’s office, to vaccinate public or in the case here in Santiago, in a stadium like it happens in Florida ”.

“It is unfortunate that the Ministry of Health has not thought about this situation from the beginning, considering that HIV is not only a clinical situation, it is not only a chronic disease, but also has components of social and cultural discrimination,” added Robles , also known as the “Che of the gays”.

The document was presented by the parliamentarian, collecting the proposals and concerns of the Fundación Sida Maule, Chile Diverso, Plataforma PrEP, Fundación Diversifica, Social Platform on HIV / AIDS and Human Rights, Together for the Life of Arica, Vida Más del Hospital Sótero del Río, Chile Positivo and the radio program “Siempre Viva en Vivo” on the Universidad de Chile radio, as well as the Colegio de Matronas y Matrones de Chile.

It should be noted that from Medicine School pointed out in their last weekly balance that is “It is essential to maintain the confidentiality of the HIV diagnosis in the vaccination process. In consideration of UNAIDS recommendations; It is suggested that the vaccination of people living with HIV be carried out in the Centers for the Care of people with HIV. This has already been implemented in some centers and must be replicated in coordination at the national level ”.

Community organizations, HIV activists and professional associations have joined the proposal to authorize and enable HIV Care Centers and Sexual Health Care Centers to vaccinate HIV-positive people in Chile, as they are programming it the hospitals in Arica, Puerto Montt, Osorno and Castro.

“HIV activists and organizations value the cutting-edge strategies of hospitals and HIV centers that are going to implement vaccination in their own hospitals, hoping that this is a national strategy that involves all hospitals in Chile so that all people living with HIV have the same guarantees and the same safe spaces in sexual health and in vaccination against Covid-19, “said Víctor Hugo Robles.

“We value the initiative of these four hospitals that are taking the forefront so that people living with HIV can be vaccinated against the coronavirus in safe spaces. We invite the Ministry of Health to amplify this strategy, so that it is coordinated at the central level and has national coverage “, concluded Deputy Mix.

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