HIV & AIDS Prevention

FLEP supports activities aimed at increasing access to, coverage of and utilization of quality and comprehensive HIV&AIDS and TB prevention, care and treatment services to communities in East Central Uganda. The program targets increased uptake of HIV counseling and testing (HCT); promotion of HIV prevention with positives through sexual and other behavioral risk prevention; abstinence and/or being faithful; provision of Septrin prophylaxis for positives and referral for antiretroviral therapy (ART) services including safe male circumcision (SMC)

HIV counseling and testing (HCT) services are conducted using both static and outreach based approaches with more focus to target Most-at-risk populations (MARPs) living at fishing communities/islands around Lake Victoria and Lake Kyoga. ‘Community camping’ and door to door’ models constitute our approaches to provision of HCT through outreaches. A team of counselors camps within the community, and then moves from home to home with the aid of village health team (VHT) to provide home based HCT to targeted groups.

Cognizant of the fact that married and/or cohabiting couples account for a high percentage of new HIV infections and yet few couples know their HIV status, couple HIV counseling and testing (CHCT) is promoted. Specific CHCT activities are conducted and couples receiving CHCT are awarded certificates in recognition of their active participation in CHCT activities.

Risk reduction counseling through provision of targeted abstinence and/or being faithful messages is provided by peer educators to appropriate groups. Youth peer educators (YPE) target peers in-school and out-of-school, and ‘role model couples’ and religious leaders are utilized to target couples with couple fidelity sessions. Beach management units (BMUs) target fisher folks with condom education and distribution.