Expanding treatment is important not only in preventing AIDS-related deaths, but also in preventing the transmission of HIV. Early treatment has been shown to dramatically cut the rate of new infections.
By the end of 2015, UNAIDS reported that global coverage of antiretroviral therapy reached 46%, with more than 17 million people on treatment. Continuing to expand access to HIV treatment for those living with the virus is crucial to saving lives. New evidence shows that HIV treatment can reduce the risk of sexual transmission of HIV by 96%.
At the end of 2016, PSI provided care and treatment services in six countries: the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Myanmar, Nigeria and Zimbabwe, with plans to expand the number of countries to 10 by the end of 2017.
In Myanmar and Zimbabwe, we provide antiretroviral therapy (ART) treatment to people living with HIV. In Zimbabwe, we partner with the Ministry of Health to provide ART and treatment for opportunistic infections at city health clinics, which do not yet have the capacity to provide these services. Our network integrates ART services alongside other critical health services, including HIV testing and counseling, tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis and reproductive health services. ART services target especially priority populations including the poor, internally displaced persons, sex workers and people with TB co-infection. In Myanmar, we provide ART through the private sector as part of our Sun Quality Health social franchise network and as part of our Targeted Outreach Program (TOP) focusing on men who have sex with men (MSM) and female sex workers (FSW).
Since HIV testing and counseling acts as the entry point to HIV care and treatment, where we provide HIV testing and counseling services we work closely with treatment programs in the public sector. Through close collaboration, we work to ensure that all newly diagnosed clients are appropriately linked to treatment and care. We also use mobile devices to ensure clients are linked to care. Read more about these efforts here.
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In Zambia, our network member, Society for Family Health, operates the Horizons program. This program provides support to newly diagnosed HIV positive individuals or couples to ensure proper linkage to care and long-term adherence to HIV treatment. Sessions provide people living with HIV (PLHIV) with psychosocial support to enable them to cope with their diagnosis and gain the knowledge, confidence and support they need to manage their health.
In India, we have worked to protect PLHIV from catastrophic healthcare expenditures by developing the first commercial health insurance model for PLHIV in the country’s history.
In Cote d’Ivoire, Mozambique, and Uganda, we provide PLHIV with an easy-to-use, patient-managed basic care system that includes products and information to help PLHIV stay healthy and prevent transmission to others. Each package contains two insecticide treated mosquito nets for malaria prevention, a water vessel, sodium hypochlorite (dilute bleach) solution to treat drinking water, a filter cloth for water and condoms. It includes information on how family members can access HIV testing and counseling services, as well as information about the use of opportunistic infection prophylaxis.