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Health services and policy poster session 6: services
P5-S6.26 Prevention with positives in Nigeria: what have we learnt?
  1. C I Traffina
  1. Institue of Human Virology of Nigeria, Abuja, Nigeria

Abstract

Background The introduction of care and treatment at the service delivery points at the community and the clinical settings- hospital facilities for prevention with the positives have giving the HIV/AIDS, STIs, TB management high quality significant improvement in the first 8 months of implementation in Nigeria.

Methods Association of positive youth in Nigeria is a national non-governmental organisation in Nigeria, involved in HIV prevention, care and support. APYIN started implementing HIV prevention strategies in 2009 with a focus on involving HIV—positive people in prevention. The strategies included; counselling on prevention of HIV to positive persons this involved discussion of behavioural intervention in medical and counselling visits. Promoting the use and provision of condoms to sexually active HIV—positive individuals, promoting adherence to antiretroviral drugs, by counselling, use of pills boxes, and medicine companions. Encouraging HIV-positive persons to disclose HIV status to sex partners either by self or counsellor mediated during home visits or at the nearest opportunity. Home base management, HIV counselling and testing targeting partners and children born to all people living with HIV/AIDS.

Results Most of the persons living with HIV realise that they have a role to play in prevention of HIV. There is 8.5% increase in the uptake of condoms by HIV -positive person between the year 2008 and 2009. Antiretroviral therapy adherence levels of 92% of the clients on ART with adherence >95%. In the same period there is an increase of 50% of HIV -positive individuals disclosing HIV status to partners. Community awareness of HIV has increased in the area serviced by the organisation.

Conclusion Increase collaboration between the clinical and community base interventions. Regular monitoring of the community response for improvement. The capacity building of for community staff. HIV-positive persons are very important partners in HIV prevention. Therefore their involvement should be prioritised.

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