Understanding the absolute and relative risk of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV) acquisition during pregnancy and the postpartum period can inform HIV prevention strategies for women.
Men are a hot topic at AIDS 2018! As part of her presentation to kick off the PEPFAR pre-conference this past weekend, Ambassador Deborah Birx shared data highlighting that while recent progress has realized a 50% decline in HIV incidence, men were not equally represented in this achievement. Sunny Sharma echoed these findings in his pre-conference talk about the unique, complex challenges and perspectives of men regarding HIV status and disclosure, which are currently being explored by Ipsos Healthcare’s qualitative and ethnographic research in southern Africa.
Recent data from many high-burden countries show that men, particularly those aged 24-35, access HIV testing and treatment at low rates, endangering their own health and also expanding the spread of HIV among adolescent girls and young women. MenStar will support innovative approaches to deliver appropriate and effective HIV/AIDS services for men, increasing their rapid uptake of HIV testing, linkage to HIV treatment, and achievement of viral suppression.
While a considerable amount of information is available on the factors that contribute to HIV risk for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in Mozambique, little is known about the characteristics of boys and men with whom AGYW engage in sexual activity and how AGYW form sexual partnerships.