Promotion of HIV prevention with most at-risk populations

Published: August 1, 2008

Promotion of HIV prevention with most at-risk populations

Issues: Denial and a lack of knowledge about male-to-male sexual behaviour in Cambodia, coupled with high levels of stigma and discrimination, has meant that MSM have remained relatively hidden and their concerns and sexual health have consequently been neglected. In recent years, there has been a growing recognition that many MSM are at high risk for HIV and STIs, and the response to this is starting to build momentum.

Description: The Promotion of HIV Prevention with Most At-Risk Populations Program is designed to reduce HIV/AIDS infections among at risk populations, such as MSM. It aims to promote prevention by increased correct and consistent condom use during paid sex, casual sex and sex with sweethearts and MSM; increased messages about risks of HIV through drug use, and how to reduce the risk of HIV/AIDS/STI transmission with MSM.

Lessons learned: The establishment of MSM Peer Facilitators and Peer Educators was critical to the success of the project, because they were able to deliver clear messages related to HIV/AIDS that in turn led to changed target groups behaviors. Good coordination, collaboration and networking with relevant stakeholders at the target areas added value to successful achievement of our program goals. Capacity-building for MSM peer facilitators and peer educators also played a significant role in the effectiveness of program implementation. Moreover, the enabling environment developed by government in collaboration with civil society was very important. For example, the National MSM Situation Analysis Response (SRA) and MSM Strategic Framework have helped to define a clear strategy for implementation.

Next steps: Continue to improve the skills of peer facilitators and peer educators to provide quality interventions and develop the technical skills and organizational capacity of NGOs who’re working in MSM, in turn developing the skills of health care providers to provide quality and stigma-free services to MSM. 

-Abstract can be found at link below-

Leave a Reply