The Dominican Republic Celebrates its Pride Day 2021
According to information released by UNAIDS, by 2020 4% of men who had sex with other men were HIV-positive, from this population only 31.5% were in treatment. On the other hand, out of 27.7% of the transgender population living with HIV, only 14.4% were linked to antiretroviral treatment. This data places the Dominican Republic still far from the goals set for the response to the epidemic, which specifies that 90% of people living with HIV know their status, 90% of those who know their status are in treatment and 90% of those being treated are undetectable, that is, the virus is reduced to its minimum expression in people making it practically impossible for them to transmit it.
AHF in the Dominican Republic
In this scenario, AIDS Healthcare Foundation in the Dominican Republic seeks to expand and promote sexual education in the LGBTIQ community, within the framework of prevention and protection, and together with the communities, in order to adopt a culture of prevention of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV.
With this in mind, on August 29 we participated in the 13th LGBTIQ + Dominican Pride Caravan. We attended with our mascot “condoncin” with whom, together with dozens of volunteers, distributed more than 6 thousand condoms and lubricants to the attendees. We also spread the word about our global campaign for people’s rights #ElOrgulloNosUne.
We March with Pride
The march, which has been held since 2000, seeks to make visible the reality and problems associated with discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, of the LGBTIQ+ population of the Dominican Republic. Strengthen the collective self esteem and sense of belonging of homosexual people, through the promotion of self-acceptance, the prevention of STIs and HIV, and the celebration of diversity.
Under the slogan Only a laic state would make us free!, the Volunteer Network of “Red Amigos Siempre Amigos” (Revasa) and “Amigos Siempre Amigos” (ASA), called for this demonstration which, as every year, caused sympathy from thousands of Dominicans united in one voice to get the attention and action of the authorities.
“We demand that our Penal Code be inclusive. And that the Constitutional reform proposed by our president corrects the inconsistencies of the current one,” said Leonardo Sánchez, executive director of Amigos Siempre Amigos (ASA). And he added that, according to data from the National LGTBI Survey, 97% of people in the community claim to have been a victim or witnessed some form of violence in the Dominican Republic.
Learn more about the work AHF does in the Dominican Republic and the services it offers at https://pruebagratisdevih.org/