HIV/AIDS in Cuba: Lessons and challenges (2009)

Cuba, a relatively poor, socialist, developing country has the lowest rate of HIV infection in the Caribbean subregion and a rate among the lowest in the world. Yet when we look at the published explanations for this, outside Cuba, we face a wall of controversy and disdain. A fair amount of the criticism seems due to ideological wars and the economic blockade by the United States of America imposed on Cuba. The latter certainly undermines communication, scientific exchange, and understanding. Continue reading “HIV/AIDS in Cuba: Lessons and challenges (2009)”

HIV/AIDS in Cuba: A rights-based analysis (2009)

The common assertion that Cuba’s achievements in HIV/AIDS control have come at a cost in human rights is reinforced by US hostility toward its small neighbour. Nevertheless, a rights-based analysis may be one useful way of exmining the actual Cuban experience. By reference to the United Nation’s Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights, this paper examines the Cuban experience as it relates to the themes of quarantine and person freedom; privacy in testing and tracing; education, participation, and non-discrimination; and the availability of AIDS treatment. Continue reading “HIV/AIDS in Cuba: A rights-based analysis (2009)”