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 marginalised groups including sex workers, men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people during 2015 is considerably higher at 7%, 17.3% and 17.4% respectively. 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.
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.
The organisation previously received funding from the National HIV/AIDS Programme to work with 70 such organisations nationwide. With this funding, Colectivo Sol has managed three large national projects:
- Drafting the first National Guide on Prevention of HIV and AIDS (2014)
- Implementing a one-year national project on community strengthening systems (CSS) and grant-writing with 70 CSOs (2015)
- A project to identify and improve CSO/CBO performance and technical viability of prevention activities with key populations in hard-to-reach environments (2016).
Colectivo Sol continue to act as one of the strongest advocates for fighting the epidemic in Mexico.