HIV/AIDS Prevention & Care

The spread of HIV in India has been uneven. Although much of India has a low rate of infection, certain places have been more affected than others. The total number of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in India is estimated at 2.4 million (HIV/AIDS India Statistics, Naco, 2012). The number of adults living with HIV as a proportion of the total population has declined by over 0.10% points from 2000 to reach an estimated 0.31% in 2009. Sex disaggregated data for number of people living with HIV is estimated at approximately 61% male and 39% female. The percent distribution of HIV infection by age is estimated at 4.4% among children below the age of 15 years, 82.4% among adults aged 15 to 49 years and the remaining 13.2% among people over 50 years of age. Thirty-nine percent of all HIV infections are estimated to be among women. This amounts to 0.93 million women with HIV in India.

 

Our Achievements

• Enhanced the knowledge on STI/HIV/AIDS of truckers, MSMs and FSWs, and motivated them to adopt safe sexual practices through behavior change communication and other preventive interventions (e.g. street plays, exhibitions, health games, film shows and infotainment programmes)

 

• Improved knowledge on transmission of HIV infections amongst the identified MSM through behaviour change communication and other preventive interventions. It also facilitates linkages with HIV testing and care & support services for the MSM tested positive

 

• Treated STIs and its management among long-distance truckers at static clinics and clinic extensions at the project site within the halt point

 

• Sensitized and raised awareness among people who deal daily with these vulnerable groups, including transporters or brokers, pimps, police and so on

 

• Considerably improved the use of condom and practice of safe sex by promoting condoms through social marketing among long-distance truckers and establishing a condom and lubricant distribution system for easy accessibility by MSMs/FSWs and their sexual partners/clients

 

• Improved STI treatment-seeking behavior among the identified MSMs and FSWs and increased their access to treatment services

 

• Reduced HIV morbidity and mortality and provided dignified good quality of life through established community care centers offering basic and nursing care, psychosocial support, dietary counseling, yoga, relaxation, stress management, peer support groups, recreational facilities like TV, music, indoor games, etc.

 

• Developing linkage to access HIV related services, ongoing programs and activities of the development programs in the state and the HIV prevention initiatives. This included referrals to ICTC, CSCs and ART, provision of resource directories of available services, and in select cases.

 

An Informed Young Man…

 

A 24year old truck driver Vijay hails from village Samastipur (Bihar). He was suffering from STI. He was registered at Khushi Clinic at Transport Nagar Jalandhar (Punjab). During his counseling session, Vijay shared his history of that turned out to be what most of the truck drivers usually do. Vijay was only 11 years old when he had started working as helper to a truck driver. By the age of 20 years, he himself became a driver and had adapted to the life style of a truck driver. He started visiting commercial sex workers when he was 20 years old. Vijay too had been practicing unsafe sex. Initially he did not contract any STI. However two years ago he started indulging in unprotected sexual practices with his sister in law (who lived in his neighborhood and whose husband was working in Punjab at that time). Vijay did not know or cared to find out if his partner had more partners! However once infected, he wanted to get cured fast.

 

Counselor provided him all the information about STI/HIV/AIDS transmission, myths, about regular and correct use of condom. Also counseled him to be careful about his unsafe practices.  Counselor encouraged him to take decision, whether he was willing to sick his health and life and probably putting others at risk too. After regular counseling, Vijay understands the risk involved in unsafe sex. He has decided to get married soon and stay faithful to whom he marries.

 

 

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Results Achieved

178,899

Truckers reached through awareness raising activities such as behavior change communication sessions (IPC)  and street plays, health games and other infotainment activities

6967

Number of High Risk Group (HRG) patients enrolled or reached through our intervention

92

No. of HRG treated for STI

4,29,256

Number of condoms sold among truckers and High Risk Groups patients

9,732

No. of HIV/AIDS people accessing clinic/Care Centre for treatment and counseling

16

No. of people tested positive for HIV infection. 11 were linked with ART centre

689

clients attended the support group meetings organized at community care centre with 538 registrations

1,625

No. of affected families benefitted from community care centre with 340 home visits

28,869

No. of affected families benefitted from community care centre with 340 home visits

2,525

No. of people treated for STI. 92-HRG & 2433 truckers.

3,754

No. of ICTC reached. 3754 (2926 Truckers & 828 HRG)

 

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