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Holguin Grants Awards to Supporters of AIDS Patients
Main campus of the University of Holguin. Photo: Amauris Betancourt
A cultural gala held at the main venue of the University of Holguin was the excuse to acknowledge the people that support HIV-AIDS patients. Those persons that abandon themselves to aiding people in need were granted the Premio Esperanza 2015 (Hope Prize).

Since Premio Esperanza was instituted in 2001, at the initiative of the members of the Mutual Aiding Team, the award seeks acknowledging the best actions by people and institutions that back up persons infected by sexually transmitted infection (STI) like HIV-AIDS; the idea is praising the efforts of their prevention.

Tania Santiesteban Ayuso, vice-coordinator of the Holguin branch of the group of Aiding Line to Persons with HIV-AIDS, said that "prevention is the main reason for existing to this movement because we try to raise awareness on risks, and that way help infections drop down."

The Premio Esperanza was for the first time given in Holguin province in 2005, but the current year the awarded ones were the Ministry of Construction, the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER), the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education.

There was a special prize to the HSH Project (men having sex with men) at its 15 anniversary of its foundation.

Its coordinator in Holguin, Roberto Oro Iglesias, said "We feel flattered with this award because the project sprang from the Aiding Line for Persons with HIV-AIDS, whose best promoters are HIV-AIDS persons. However today the largest majority of the members are not infected ones, they do not forget the reasons it was born for and its goals."

This event, and other ones linked to the STI and HIV-AIDS, makes its way with the close cooperation of this Higher education Center; and there is a reason for such a thing: at the classrooms of the University of Holguin we find a population which can play a significant role in the prevention of diseases, said Maritza Quiñones Aguilar, the coordinator of the programs for health and quality of life.

Next 2016 is around the corner for the members of the group of Aiding Line to Persons with HIV-AIDS, which will be another challenge for its members who bet on having no new infections; but also no discrimination and no AIDS related death.

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