The Movement for Gay Integration and Liberation (Movilh) met this morning with the Minister of Health, Emilio Santelices, for the purpose of discussing various issues, referring to the homosexual people's health and respect in our country.
One of the treated content was the prevention of HIV / AIDS, where it was agreed that Movilh will make a study available to Minsal on sexual behavior in men who have sex with men, material that will be received by the government, that until now do not have that kind of information.
According to Diego Ríos, Director of Movilh Health, the Minister said he was very pleased to receive this information.
"The purpose of HIV and STI in the ministry has always been a good disposition, now the work they have done is an ineffective work, that's what the spread of the virus says, but they showed great willingness to work together with civil society organizations and use this study as a basis for future prevention campaigns, "explained Ríos.
In addition, Diego Ríos said that at the meeting they could also talk about Fonasa's coverage of transgender health, especially about corporate redeployment, a subject that has not been treated with other governments, even though it has been treated with other current administration.
In this regard, the person in charge of Movilh's health department explained that "it seems always complicated when a government is working on this problem because of internal pressure rather than the will the ministry may have. The minister showed great interest in canasting , but we know that there are pressures in the political parties and in the right coalition, an evangelical group that can oppose these problems. "
But the person responsible for health clarified that "the position of the ministry, minister Santelices is a good disposition to work in this policy, and we hope it will be met".
The need to generate a protocol that regulates the use of PrEP pills (pre-exposure prophylaxis) that the state will deliver since 2019 in Chile to prevent the virus was also discussed: "PrEP can reduce the possibility by more than 90 percent Business virus under sexual Practice if taken daily. Therefore, there must be a protocol that directs people about their real effects and encourages them to favor safe sexual practices because there is no thought that the tablet causes a relaxation, "explained Diego Rojas.
Movilh and Minister Santelices agreed to continue working together, and the next task would be to facilitate and expand information on access to health for transgender through the Minsal website, as data is unavailable so far. Available publicly or easily accessible.