Friday, March 3, 2017
Brazil has been internationally recognized for its successful response to HIV/AIDS. Its rights-based approach included a broad prevention program focused on condom use, universal access to testing and subsequent care and treatment to all Brazilians since the early 1990s. Now, unexpectedly, Brazil has an emblematic case of backlash. National and international challenges evoke a broader reflection about how to develop and sustain responses to HIV driven by community needs and guaranteed through state responsibility. This presentation described key elements of the historical response to HIV/AIDS, and more recent sociopolitical shifts—including the promotion of sexuality education in schools. Vera Paiva, professor of social psychology at University of São Paulo, presented results of an intervention study in six cities that tested the acceptability and effects of a multicultural human rights approach.
Professor of Social Psychology
University of São Paulo
Photo: “School children in Brazil.” by Eraldo Peres/Photo Agencia