MULU is a USAID-funded HIV prevention project focused on key and priority populations in Ethiopia. Female sex workers (FSWs) are highly marginalized and underserved population with an HIV prevalence of 24%, 16 times higher than the prevalence among women in the general population. Drop-In Centers (DICs), which provide social support, HIV testing, and linkage to treatment services have been an effective strategy to identify and link FSW with care, and diagnose HIV-positive FSWs. The project established 54 DICs in areas with a high density of FSW in towns with more than 500 sex workers. A total of 25,068 FSWs received HIV testing services at DICs between Oct., 2014-Sept, 2015. Altogether 802 women were diagnosed with HIV, for a yield of 3.2%. Investment in and expansion of the DIC model is important if Ethiopia is to scale up testing and treatment and improve linkage to treatment among FSWs.
Centers Drive Higher Yield and Better Linkage to Treatment for FSWs in Ethiopia
- Resource Types: Presentations
- Languages: English
- Population Served: Sex Workers
- Practice Areas: HIV & TB
- Countries: Ethiopia
- Solutions: HIV Testing Services (HTS), Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment