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Mo Kexteya
Reduction of Stigma and Discrimination Related to HIV/AIDS in Mexico

POLICY's stigma and discrimination reduction project, Mo Kexteya, focuses on four key areas essential to Mexico's response to HIV/AIDS:
  • Empowerment of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHAs) so that they can be more active in tackling both the internal and external manifestations of stigma and discrimination
  • Stigma and discrimination in the provision of health services
  • Strengthening of public policy and advocacy
  • Improving public perception of PLHAs, as influenced by media language and images, and contributing to a more enabling, supportive environment
Project Outcomes of Exploratory Phase
  • Survey focusing on internal stigma and capacity building activities with PLHA organizations
  • Survey of stigma and discrimination in health care settings
  • Development of training programs for health care providers
  • Plan for improving monitoring and advocacy activities related to stigma and discrimination as well as promotion of promising practices in legislation, policies, and norms, including in the workplace
  • Development of policy dialogue materials in these areas
  • Development and testing of a media training and sensitization program, including involvement of PLHAs
  • Creation of a photojournal on PLHAs
  • Development of training program on human rights
Next Steps

The next phase of the project will be focused on development and implementation of projects in the areas mentioned above in order to help to reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination in Mexico. This phase will include areas of policy dialogue, training, and tools development, as well as the development of partnerships with other actors and funders to complement the areas of work undertaken by POLICY/Mexico. It will also explore the role of faith-based organizations, unions, and the private sector in reducing HIV-related stigma and discrimination.

To learn more about the project, please click on the links below:

:: De frente a la vida (Pages 1-27)

:: De frente a la vida (Pages 28-53)

:: De frente a la vida (Pages 54-72)

:: Mo Kexteya: Reduction of Stigma and Discrimination Related to HIV/AIDS in Mexico: Final Report of Diagnostic Phase

:: Mo Kexteya: Reducción del Estigma y la Discriminación Relacionados con el VIH/SIDA en Mexico: Estigma Interno Relacionado al VIH/SIDA

:: Mo Kexteya: HIV-Related Stigma and Discrimination in Mexican Health Services

:: Mo Kexteya: Reducción del Estigma y la Discriminación Relacionados con el VIH/SIDA en Mexico: Análisis de la situación legal de la discriminación de que son objeto las personas afectadas por el VIH/SIDA en México

:: Mo Kexteya: Reducción del Estigma y la Discriminación Relacionados con el VIH/SIDA en Mexico: Medios de Comunicación

:: Mo Kexteya: Reducción del Estigma y la Discriminación Relacionados con el VIH/SIDA en Mexico: Monitoreo de Medios Impresos: Estigma y Discriminación asociados al VIH/SIDA - El papel de los medios

:: Mo Kexteya: Reduction of Stigma and Discrimination Related to HIV/AIDS in Mexico: Indicators Working Meeting Report

:: Mo Kexteya: Indicators for Stigma and Discrimination Related to HIV and AIDS: Update on the State of the Field

:: Mo Kexteya: Stigma: Literature Review of General and HIV-related Stigma

:: Mo Kexteya: El SIDA, Nudo de Estigmas: Una Revisión Histórica de la Discriminación Relacionada con el VIH/SIDA en México

:: Mo Kexteya: La Reducción del Estigma y la Discriminación Asociados con el VIH/SIDA. Aspectos Relacionados con la Conferencia Internacional de SIDA en Barcelona

Mo Kexteya
Derived from the Náhuatl language of the Aztecs, which is still a living language today. "Mo Kexteya" is a reverential word that has several meanings: as an adjective, it connotes similarity, comparability, and likeness; as a verb, it means to appear, to emerge, to come out, or to change. The term's dual meanings aptly capture the project's efforts to empower PLHAs and break the silence surrounding HIV/AIDS in Mexico, while building partnerships based on inclusion and mutual respect.


De Frente a la VIDA
A photojournal that features the stories of 10 people living with HIV/AIDS in Mexico. Media reporting and images can profoundly influence public perceptions of HIV/AIDS. This photojournal aims to help change stereotypical portrayals of PLHAs by presenting positive images of PLHAs and their everyday experiences in a range of settings. The photojournal is being used in advocacy work and in journalist training sessions to help improve reporting on HIV/AIDS and people affected by the disease.

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