The impact of HIV in Central America: The United Nations Report
Managua, 8 November 2007––United Nations agencies and programs are committed to taking all the necessary measures to intensify Central America’s response to the HIV epidemic. This announcement was made by the Regional Directors for Latin America and the Caribbean of UNAIDS and UNICEF, participating in the 5th Central American Congress on HIV – CONCASIDA 2007.
The regional directors emphasized their commitment to increasing action towards achieving the goal of universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support as established at the High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS at the United Nations in New York, June 2006.
Universal access goes beyond the mere provision of antiretroviral treatment and includes a wide range of services such as counselling, clinical care and nursing focused on decreasing the impact of the virus. This also includes medicine against opportunistic diseases, adequate nutrition, psychological, social, and legal assistance and guaranteed care for orphans and the widowed.
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