Government of Vallarta and SETAC Propose Joining Health Efforts
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October 4, 2022

The municipal government headed by Professor Luis Alberto Michel Rodriguez and the civil association SETAC LGBTQ Community Center, agreed to follow up on a series of joint work proposals to benefit the community of Vallarta.

Victor Espindola, director of institutional development of SETAC, made the proposals for the municipal government to contribute at the local level in the implementation of the protocol for promotion and prevention, primary care and referral of possible cases in relation to the health emergency for smallpox.

Also, to implement a prevention strategy for those who suffer sexual assault or rape and receive the treatment known as PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis), that is, to prevent HIV infection after a violent act of this type in the first 72 hours of the event.

Another request is to have a government office for sexual diversity, "a window for the services of the municipality directed to the population of sexual diversity. It does not imply an additional budget, but the articulation of actions with the different municipal agencies."

SETAC also proposed a collaboration agreement with the Civil Registry to offer screening tests for sexually transmitted diseases to people interested in getting married, so that "they know their sexual health thoroughly before signing the commitment."

On another point, in order to vindicate sexual pleasure as a fundamental right of people, he stated that "there is a myth that people with disabilities do not have the right to pleasure, sexual life, but in reality physical disability is not an impediment for them to have medical consultations and counseling to improve their sexual health. We at Setac have a program aimed at this" and the support of the municipality was requested.

Finally, they requested that public security authorities, based on protocol, do not make arbitrary arrests based on sexual orientation and gender diversity. "We must also assume that many people excuse themselves in their sexual orientation and gender diversity to commit administrative offenses and then accuse the authorities of discrimination. There are already protocols in place so that authorities are not accused of something they do not commit."

Víctor Espíndola concluded by pointing out that this is a series of broad topics, "we are confident and committed that they will be addressed and we thank the municipal president for his willingness and the space."

The director of the Municipal DIF System, Roberto Ramos Vázquez, will follow up on the issues raised at the meeting, which was also attended by the director of Citizen Security, Captain Eloy Girón; the officer of the Civil Registry, Jaime Castillo Copado; the coordinator of Comusida, José Ascención Topete González, and the director of the Municipal Women's Institute, Maricela Joya Camacho.

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This article was translated from Spanish using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.

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