Although a relatively small percentage of people (0.2%) are living with HIV in Mexico, new HIV infections are rising. The rate of infection amongst key populations including sex workers, men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people is considerably higher. Stigma, discrimination and violence against these groups seriously impacts the effectiveness of the HIV response in Mexico.
We work with Colectivo Sol to build the effectiveness of community-based organisations to reduce stigma and discrimination, human rights violations and gender-based violence against people most at risk of HIV infection. In 2017, Colectivo Sol reached 6,899 people with HIV prevention activities, and provided technical support to four local organisations.
Through their continuous advocacy work, Colectivo Sol has been able to influence the Mexican government to formulate a stronger HIV response. Colectivo Sol participated as a key actor in the review process of the National Norm on HIV, AIDS and STDs, which regulates the national response to the epidemic. They have also been members of the National Council on HIV/AIDS, the highest decision making body on HIV-related matters.