Health of partners of drug users

According to the State Institution “Ukrainian Center for Socially Dangerous Disease Control of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine”, hostilities and humanitarian crisis in Eastern Ukraine increased the risk of HIV infection. In Kyiv regions, in particular, regional rates of HIV prevalence are on the rise. There is a continued increase in sexual transmission of HIV among newly diagnosed HIV cases. AIDS prevalence rates have increased in Kyiv region compared to 2014. The regional rate of AIDS-deaths has grown as well.

According to the Kyiv Regional Center for Prevention and Control of HIV / AIDS" and ICF “International HIV / AIDS Alliance in Ukraine”, M&E-related Technical Assistance and Improved Data Application in HIV (METIDA) Project and Regional HIV/AIDS Data Triangulation Project in Kyiv Region, in 2015, rates of sexual transmission of HIV (50%) are higher than parenteral transmission (31%). Women who acquired HIV through sex had a sexual contact with HIV-infected partner and most of such partners are injecting drug users (hereinafter: IDUs).

Objective: to reduce the risk of HIV infection and ensure timely HIV diagnosis and treatment for sex partners of injecting drug users in Kyiv region by scaling up access to prevention services and promoting HIV counseling and testing.

Target populations:  sex partners of IDUs who are unaware of their HIV status.

Activities: attracting IDU partners to interventions aimed at reducing the risk of HIV infection, HIV testing, and obtaining treatment and care in case of positive HIV status. The interventions help meet client’s needs by promoting and strengthening positive changes in risk behavior. For example, a client may be motivated to avoid unprotected sex, not because it is right but because that will help to build a trusting relationship with a partner. In addition to helping people know their HIV status and ensuring their access to HIV services, these interventions may help to prevent new infections and improve health and well-being of IDUs and their partners.

Project implemented with financial support from USAID RESPOND.

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