There are approximately 20,000 people living with HIV in El Salvador. The concentrated epidemic affects certain populations the most, including men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender people and sex workers. The rate of infection among MSM for example, is almost 20 times higher than among the general population.
The number of transgender people who have been killed has increased dramatically in recent years, particularly activists involved in championing transgender rights. As well as the dangers they face every day, these people are not getting the HIV prevention information they need, and face stigma and discrimination when accessing health services.
We are working with Asociacian Atlacatl Vivo Positivo (Atlacatl) to protect the health of these marginalised populations. Atlacatl was founded by five people living with HIV in El Salvador who were facing stigma and discrimination when trying to access health services, education, and employment. They formed Atlacatl to defend and promote the human rights of people who face threats to their health because of such stigma and discrimination.
Atlacatl have done much to improve the quality of life of marginsalised populations and people living with HIV, highlighted by reaching 145,000 people in 2016 with activities to help reduce stigma and discrimination.