The International AIDS Society (IAS) 's Xth International Science Conference began this Sunday in Mexico City with the participation of scientists, physicians, activists, and authorities discussing the latest treatments and related social issues
The AFP interviewed and portrayed patients of the Condesa Clinic in the popular Iztapalapa sector of the capital, where they receive medical treatment free of charge.
Carlos Gámez, a 32-year-old Cuban who studies art in Mexico City, was diagnosed in 2017 shortly before his trip. HIV / AIDS was tested annually, but alopecia led him to a new review. He tested positive.
"I literally do not know how I got infected, and it's something that hides itself as a human being, the moment you tell them that you're HIV positive, it's important for you to be I'm gay, I'm a high-risk group, I've always protected myself, but there are some practices that you do not do in the heat of the situation, "he tells AFP.
In a gentle voice he describes that his experience with AIDS is "positive" in everything, his parents support him, he is in good health. "I just accepted my condition, now I wonder how high my life expectancy is, how the contact will be, my relationships with other people."
José Antonio Arteaga The 57-year-old Mexican is a modest man, a son of very conservative farmers, has few studies and works with everything she does Offer. Two years ago, he was attacked "an unbearable cough, throw mucus." He was hospitalized for 20 days. He was tested positive for AIDS in a late diagnosis.
"I remember (in the 1980s) that there was talk of & # 39; gay cancer & # 39; i already knew he was gay but because of my dad, he's very hard and beat us I was afraid to say it, and I did not know much about that fear, sometimes it protected me and sometimes it did not, "he explains.
Because of his precarious economic situation, he lives in the family home. His brothers support him in the difficult relationship with his father. "Once I quarreled with him and said: 'I'm gay, I'm gay, and if you really want to accept me as I am, then I want to count on you,' he says in tears.
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Claudia Lorenzo Cabrera, a 38-year-old merchant, divorced and having three children, contracted the virus after her separation during a stable relationship for an HIV test.
"Something told me, 'I have to do this test.' And it has become positive. I searched for it, but it is very reluctant to be tested. It seems so unfair that I was not only deceived but also had a disease, "he explains with a sad face that contrasts with the gestures and smile he showed in front of the camera.
Thanks In treatment, the burden of HIV on Claudia is already "undetectable" or inseparable, but she prefers to "stop" her emotional and sexual life. "I want to live for my daughters. A boy told me, "Do not worry, I'll take care of you and I'll take care of myself", but I really dare not. "
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Víctor Martínez is 42 years old and is dedicated to the sale. In 2013, after completing a stable relationship, he went to the blood donation and was warned that he had tested positive for HIV.
"He denied me and I lasted three years and said," It's not true, it does not happen to me. "I cried, I was angry, everything I did was wash with chlorine, then I had relationships with others, but since I remembered and took care not to interfere with them, when I showed symptoms, I came in Clinic and started to treat myself, "he says.
Victor is gay and does not lose his smile when talking excessively. He says he always cared for himself, but in this stable relationship he was infected. "He had AIDS, but he never told me, I saw the pills (antiretrovirals), I asked him and he answered every nonsense, I thought he was in love." Guazo, stylist, sex worker and transgender activist for 38 years, is treated in the countess hormonally, where she is also subject to HIV controls.
"I am an activist on transgender women's rights in Mexico, one of the most violent on the Latin American level," he says in a determined voice.
She is the director of HIV prevention at the Trans Identity Support Center. "We have managed to get to a place where access to a condom is not possible for a quick test," he says, regretting that the new government cut funding for civilian organizations.