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Addressing gender for PrEP

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) was conceived to fill the urgent need for a woman-controlled HIV prevention method. However, biomedical technology alone will not alter the underlying gender inequalities that make women and girls vulnerable to HIV. This technical brief was developed by Michele Lanham from FHI360 – an OPTIONS consortium partner. It focuses on addressing gender while ensuring effective PrEP introduction.  

Addressing Gender to Ensure Effective PrEP Introduction

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Celebrations as PrEP roll-out begins

On 1 June 2016, the National Department of Health announced the sites for the initial roll-out of PrEP and test and treat for sex workers. Four of NACOSA’s Red Umbrella sub-recipient organisations’ sites will be part of this exciting and ground-breaking development in the HIV/AIDS response. Nyaradzo Mutanha, Sex Workers Project Manager at the Esselen Street Clinic reported on their launch event… Sex workers are at high risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV and STIs due to the high number of sexual partners). HIV prevalence amongst this population is very high, with recent study showing an alarming 72% in Johanesburg…

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PrEP, Test and Treat roll-out sites announced

Following the landmark announcement in the Minister of Health’s budget speech that pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Test and Treat will be provided to sex workers from 1 June, the National Department of Health has assessed and approved the following sites for the initial rollout: Esselen Street Clinic in Hillbrow SSWP Wellness Centre in Soweto Sediba Hope Medical Centre in Tshwane TB/HIV Care Clinic in eThekwini The North Star Alliance Trucker Wellness Centres in Musina (Limpopo), Pomona (Gauteng), Ngodwana (Mpumalanga), Pongola(KZN), Upington (Northern Cape) and Hoedspruit (Limpopo). Additional sites will be prepared to provide these services in the coming months. “We…

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Test and treat announced

National Department of Health (South Africa) announced test and treat from September and R3 billion for young women and girls campaign in the 2016/17 budget speech. Good news in our collective efforts to end HIV and AIDS by 2030. To meet the NDP objective of reducing the burden of disease, to have life expectancy of 70 years by 2030 and to have an AIDS-free generation of under 20s, the Department announced two major plans: In September this year, they will remove CD4 count as an eligibility criterion for ARV treatment, moving to test and treat in line with the new guidelines released by the World Health…

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