HIV Prevention and Control
Around the world, key populations face much higher rates of HIV and AIDS than the general population and are most at risk for contracting HIV. UNAIDS estimates that between 40 percent to 50 percent of all new HIV infections may occur between individuals in key populations and their immediate partner. Underreporting is common within key populations due to fears of stigma, backlash and discrimination.
Key populations are often extremely difficult to reach for critical testing, care and treatment services. Globally, rates of key populations accessing safe, effective and quality HIV and AIDS services are extremely low, while stigma and discrimination, including gender-based violence, are high. Significant barriers, such as police harassment, societal discrimination and insufficient community-based capacity, prevent key populations from accessing the services they need.
Blue Gate Initiative goal is to reduce the incidence of HIV by scaling up implementation of effective HIV and AIDS Prevention Interventions within the context of the National HIV/AIDS Policy and Strategic Framework.
Our objectives are to:
- Promote appropriate HIV/AIDS-related behaviour change among the LGBT and other key populations through Social and Behavioural Change Communication (SBCC) related interventions;
- Increase knowledge about dual protection benefits and promote appropriate use of male, and female condoms as well as lubricants among key populations;
- Promote early treatment and strengthen the control of sexually transmitted infections to reduce the risk of HIV transmission
- Promote access to Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention Interventions for PLHIV.