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Successful project model extended across Central America

Following the success of the Vida Digna Project, which worked to reduce HIV stigma and discrimination in Mexico, the project model has been extended across Central America.

First implemented by Colectivo Sol, our Linking Organisation in Mexico, the Vida Digna project works with key populations who are at higher risk of HIV: men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers, people living with HIV, transgender people, and people who inject drugs.

Chasquira, who is transgender, did not know the A community educator at a discotheque where she and her troupe perform condom promotion drag shows, Mexico © Marcela Nievas for the Alliancemeaning of human rights until she decided to join the Vida Digna project in her hometown in Mexico, “I had never heard about homophobia or transphobia, I did not know that I could defend my rights” she says.

Based on the success in Mexico, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action programme agreed to continue the Vida Digna model in a new three year project in El Salvador and other Central American countries.

Project implementation began in January 2011 and will run until December 2013.  It is a multi-party project involving our Linking Organisation in El Salvador, Altacatl, and the regional networks RedTraSex and Redlactrans. Colectivo Sol play an observatory role
together with the Alliance Secretariat.