Peer Power: Harnessing peer mobilisers to improve uptake of PrEP among adolescent girls


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BACKGROUND: Nearly 1,000 Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) are infected by HIV daily in Sub Saharan Africa. Factors predisposing young women to HIV infection include early sexual debut and lack of modern contraceptive use. Adolescent Girls (AGs) in Zimbabwe as in many African countries, face provider and community stigma which prevents them from accessing HIV prevention and SRHR services. PSI Zimbabwe deployed 23 former DREAMS club facilitators to mobilize AG; 15-19 years for PrEP in 6 DREAMS districts using menstrual health management (MHM) as a conversation starter.