By Alejandra Cabrera, PASMO, Strategic Information Manager
A new hub, found at www.psi.org/hiv-findings/, offers the data and lessons learned from the USAID Combination Prevention Program for HIV in Central America, a five-year program funded by USAID and implemented by PSI’s network member, the Pan-American Social Marketing Organization (PASMO). The Program aims to reduce HIV transmission among at-risk populations in six Central American countries.
PASMO works with international and local partners to deliver a package of essential prevention and health services to key populations at greater risk for HIV and people living with HIV.
Here, find five of the more unexpected results from the Program.
- Cyber-education is an innovative, low-cost and highly effective intervention to reach unattended, hidden, and at-risk MSM in Central America.
- Violence of all types is highly prevalent in the lives of MSM and transgender women in Central America and it is associated with important risk behaviors. Therefore, violence prevention and care must be considered as a risk factor and addressed through HIV prevention interventions with these populations in Central America.
- Behavior change communications in the larger context of HIV combination prevention are effective in reducing HIV transmission risks among people living with HIV in Central America; however, programs should consider that risk and vulnerability vary significantly by gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age and country.
- The Combination Prevention Program for HIV in Central America reaches a substantial proportion of vulnerable and at-risk populations in the region, and their participation in Program interventions is linked to healthy behaviors such as receiving HIV testing and counseling services, as well as condom and lubricant use. ()
- Each of the Program’s components (behavioral, biomedical, and complementary or structural) has an additive effect on behavior change, with early findings that demonstrate its effectiveness on behavior change.
Explore the overall research findings at the hub, www.psi.org/hiv-findings/, which features key indicators, course corrections and successful approaches for reducing HIV transmission.
Check out the website by clicking the link below.