Visibility and rights of women living with HIV in Portugal
Women represent one third of the HIV infections in Portugal and the predominant transmission mode is heterosexual (within this category, women represent 45% of infection cases accumulated since 1983) showing that HIV remains complex, imposing specific challenges to women and particularly to women living with HIV.
Although women constitute one of the HIV most vulnerable groups, women are systematically excluded from the policies and measures that concern us.
With the dual purpose of remembering that despite the numbers and statistics are important in the response to HIV/AIDS, behind every number there is a person, and to alert decision makers for the need to include women and women living with HIV in particular on its priorities, Seres ( con) viver com o VIH , presents the campaign Poderia ser eu / It could be me ... a set of videos (20 ) of short duration. Videos with a call and reference to lives of women who could be your mother, your sister, your neighbor, your girlfriend, your partner, your colleague. Women exactly like any other, except that they are living with HIV. A virus that does not choose gender, sexual orientation, religion, social or economic status ...
With Raquel Freire as director it counts with the participation of ambassadors for this cause and with the support of Gilead, the Lisbon City Council and SIC Esperança tv.
SERES (com) viver com o VIH is the first and only association with and for women infected and affected by HIV in Portugal. Founded in 2005, SERES is recognized as a Private Institution of Social Solidarity since 2007. SERES believes that the training and empowerment of women is essential to reduce their vulnerabilities, ensuring their dignity and respect for human rights as well as sexual health.