Opinion – É Logo Ali: Walk promotes prevention and information about AIDS in Largo do Arouche


If there’s one thing the blog likes, it’s publicizing good actions that mobilize people for activities in public places. And an event with a good (great!) cause will take place this Saturday (3rd) at Largo do Arouche, in the central region of São Paulo, in celebration of World AIDS Day, celebrated on the 1st of last year. From 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm, the Municipal Secretary of Human Rights and Citizenship will hold the “5th Edition of the AIDS Walk”, which this year has as its theme “Say No to Prejudice”.

Coordination of Policies for LGBTQIA+, together with the organizer of the 2nd edition of the campaign “+ Dias, – Aids, + Liberdade”, cultural producer and activist Heitor Werneck, and producer and project manager Sandra Tiemi Yokota, the event will include two processions along the square, which may be accompanied by the public. The first, which will open the event, will bring together girls from Casas Florescer I and II, which welcome trans women in vulnerable situations. The second, at the end of the afternoon, will be held in honor of AIDS victims and will feature maracatus music and Afro drums.

The action, completely free of charge, will also have a lecture by the LGBTIQIA+ health specialist Vinícius Lacerda, presentation of artists and performances related to diversity, including gypsy, indigenous groups and people with disabilities throughout the afternoon. Two Mobile Citizenship Units will also offer free services to the public, such as guidance on AIDS, testing and prevention supplies.

“The objective of the event is to debate the prejudice and discrimination that still surround the subject and mainly guide the population towards prevention, combined with other topics, such as pre-exposure (PEP) and post-exposure (PrEP) care, as well as such as the importance of adherence to HIV treatment,” says Werneck.

Throughout the event, which has the support of the Municipal Secretary of Health, the Red Cross and the Barong Institute, kits will be distributed with condoms, information on prevention and treatment, as well as a comic book by Turma da Mônica, “Amiguinhos da Vida”, with the characters, Igor and Vitória, created by Maurício de Souza to show what living with children with the virus is like.

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