From July 18 to 23, PSI joined thousands of HIV program implementers, activists, researchers and policy makers from around the world to mark the 18th International AIDS Conference. PSI staff presented over 60 abstracts during the Conference to share knowledge and experiences while helping to reinvigorate the global health community’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Through its participation in this Conference, PSI featured interventions ranging from condom promotion and integrated HIV/FP services to scaling up male circumcision services and addressing concurrent sexual partnerships.
Concurrent Sexual Partnerships
Sex in Southern and Eastern Africa: Reviewing Lessons Learned and Charting a Way Forward with Concurrent Sexual Partnerships and HIV Prevention
Sunday, 18 July • 15:45 – 17:45 • in Mini Room 4
Hosted by PSI and Soul City Institute
Concurrent Sexual Partnerships (CP) have been identified as a key driver of HIV transmission in countries with generalized epidemics, low condom use, and low prevalence of male circumcision.
A widespread effort is underway to identify ways to address the underlying determinants of CP in ways which are evidence-based, compelling and distinct from previous message-driven “abstinence” and “be faithful” interventions. The panel discussed the most prevailing issues related to effective CP program implementation, including the evidence supporting CP as a driver of HIV (modeling); lessons learned and challenges with program implementation in East and Southern Africa; and provide recommendations to improve CP programs and research.
Nancy Padian, OGAC, PEPFAR
Lebogang Ramafoko, Soul City Institute
Martina Morris, University of Washington
Harriet Perlman, Soul City Institute
Rayhanna Rassool, Soul City Institute
Lucy Maikweki, PSI Kenya
Joseph Kefas, Government of Botswana
Eniko Akom, PSI
38 Million by 2015: Strategies for the Scale-up of Male Circumcision Services
Wednesday, 21 July • 18:30 – 20:30 • in Mini Room 4
Hosted by PSI and FHI
Recent health impact models have shown that to maximize the impact of male circumcision (MC) on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, a massive effort to scale up services is needed to reach millions of men and male neonates by 2015.
Discussants presented lessons from MC service scale-up in East and Southern Africa to inform how program implementers might meet the challenge of conducting millions of MCs in the coming years. Topics included: understanding the costs, savings and impact of rapid MC service scale-up; implementing models of volume and efficiency (MOVE) to maximize site performance; designing communications to create sustained, informed demand for MC; integrating neonatal MC services to reach male newborns; deploying new technologies to improve efficiencies (Shang Ring); and, expanding access through mobile services. Discussants provided recommendations and explained the policy implications of rapid MC service scale-up.
Kim Eva Dickson, World Health Organization
Emmanuel Njeuhmeli, USAID
Jason Reed, CDC
Dino Rech, PSI
Walter Obiero, Nyanza Reproductive Health Society
Frances Cowen, University College of London
Dr. David Sokal, FHI
Iulian Circo, PSI Swaziland
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