“Had it not been for the Zimbabwe Population Based Impact Assessment (ZIMPHIA) survey, I don’t think I would ever have had an HIV/Aids and Syphilis test,” said a male participant (30), who I will refer to as Mr X.
Adolescence, migration and sex work are independent risk factors for HIV and other poor health outcomes. They are usually targeted separately with little consideration on how their intersection can enhance vulnerability.
There remains a significant information gap with respect to HIV epidemiology and intervention uptake among high-risk, marginalised populations such as female sex workers (FSW) in sub-Saharan Africa because of the complexities of surveillance among these groups.
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.