In El Salvador HIV hits men who have sex with men, transgender people and sex workers the hardest. The rate of infection among men who have sex with men for example, is almost 17 times higher than among the general population. The number of transgender people killed – particularly those involved in championing transgender rights – has increased dramatically in recent years. As well as the dangers theyface every day, these people are not getting the prevention information they need, and face stigma and discrimination in accessing health services.
With Asociacian Atlacatl Vivo Positivo (Atlacatl), we’re working to change that. Atlacatl was founded by five people living with HIV who found themselves facing stigma and discrimination in access to health services, education, and employment. They formed Atlacatl to defend and promote the human rights of other people whose health is being put at risk because of such stigma and discrimination.