key populations

Linking HIV-positive key population members to treatment: Burundi’s five secrets to success

The LINKAGES project first started working in Burundi in August 2016 to reduce HIV transmission among key populations and improve their enrollment and retention in care and treatment. Within the past three years, LINKAGES Burundi has consistently experienced high rates of linking newly diagnosed HIV-positive female sex workers, men who have sex with men, and transgender people to care and treatment. Between the first quarter of FY18 and the second quarter of FY19, the average rates for linkage to antiretroviral treatment were 98 percent among FSWs, 96 percent among MSM, and 100 percent among transgender people. This blog outlines the five “secrets” LINKAGES Burundi credits for their success.
Author
Aubrey Weber, Tiffany Lillie, Dorica Boyee and Dismas Gashobotse
Source
LINKAGES

Battling the perfect storm

At the 9th South African AIDS Conference (SA AIDS 2019), I can only reflect on the work we have done over the years in the fight against HIV. So many inspiring scientists, community representatives and activists in the room working to turn the tide on this virus. ‘Unprecedented innovation and technologies’ was a fitting theme for this year’s biennial conference: 19 years on from the first SA AIDS Conference, South Africa has become a world leader in the work to end AIDS.
Author
Leora Casey, Key Populations Manager, NACOSA

'Management of a spoiled identity': systematic review of interventions to address self-stigma among people living with and affected by HIV

Self-stigma, also known as internalised stigma, is a global public health threat because it keeps people from accessing HIV and other health services. By hampering HIV testing, treatment and prevention, self-stigma can compromise the sustainability of health interventions and have serious epidemiological consequences. This review synthesised existing evidence of interventions aiming to reduce self-stigma experienced by people living with HIV and key populations affected by HIV in low-income and middle-income countries.
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Empowering transgender communities in South Africa – lessons from Thailand

Thailand is one of the primary global centres for gender affirming healthcare practices. Before launching the first four dedicated transgender clinics in this country, the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI) Key Populations project sent a team to Bangkok, Thailand, in November 2018 in order to learn from experts in the field.
Author
Erica Penfold, Project Manager - Learning & Dissemination, Key Pops, Wits RHI Key Populations Project

Six innovative models for PrEP services

Author
Roger Pebody

For pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to have a substantial public health impact, access to PrEP needs to be improved so that more people who would benefit from it receive PrEP. Services need to adapt and innovate. A series of recent articles, most of them published in a special issue of Sexual Health, outline a range of promising approaches.

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Video: Finding the hard-to-reach with PLACE

Author
MEASURE Evaluation

MEASURE Evaluation’s PLACE method builds local capacity to find HIV-positive people who are not on treatment, who may not know their HIV status, and who therefore are at risk of infecting others. The HIV/AIDS epidemic is often concentrated among “key populations”—men who have sex with men, female sex workers, transgender people, and people who inject drugs. Sharon Weir, the senior technical advisor for key populations at MEASURE Evaluation—funded by the United States Agency for International Development and the U.S.

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Key Populations: Evidence in Action webinar, "Strengthening local capacity for community-led responses to the HIV epidemic among key populations."

Venue
Webinar

Please join us for the next installment in the Key Populations: Evidence in Action webinar series

DATE: Thursday, January 17, 2019

TIME: 9:00–10:30 am EST | 5:00-6:30 pm Nairobi | 9:00-10:30 pm Bangkok

 

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Bibliography on Syndemics of HIV, STIs, TB, Hepatitis, Mental Health and Psychosocial Issues and Substance Abuse Among Key Populations

Author
Clint Trout and Nana Sang-Bender

Introduction: Many studies have shown that key populations, including men who have sex with men, female sex workers, persons who inject drugs and transgender men and women face stigma, violence and discrimination as well as suffer from high rates of mental health/psychosocial issues and substance abuse. However, services to address these issues for key populations remain under resourced.

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Love, Power, and PrEP Webinar: Part One

Venue
Webinar

This two-part webinar series will share the findings from formative research (Part 1) and intervention research (Part 2) on the important topic of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), as presented by the Microbicide Product Introduction Initiative (MPii) at the HIV R4P conference satellite session.

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