Evidence shows that sexually transmitted infections (STIs), especially ulcerative STIs, can facilitate HIV transmission. Access to appropriate and effective treatment for STIs is limited in many developing countries due to the high cost of medical care, lack of trained clinical staff, perceptions of low quality health care services, and stigma that may be associated with visiting an STI clinic or provider.
PSI uses social marketing to promote effective syndromic treatment of STIs using pre-packaged standard therapy. The contents of an STI kit typically include appropriate antimicrobial medication, male condoms, partner referral cards, and information on the STI itself. Providing all treatment essentials in one package improves adherence to full and proper treatment, prevention and partner referral.
Currently, PSI implements STI syndromic treatment and pre-packaged therapy programs in the Dominican Republic, Benin, Togo, Uganda, Madagascar, India, Pakistan, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Nepal.
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