Addressing Violence in HIV Programs: Why, How, and What Now?
The USAID/PEPFAR funded LINKAGES Project addresses the HIV prevention, care, and treatment needs of key populations most affected by HIV – men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people, and people who inject drugs. In addition to bearing a disproportionate burden of HIV, these groups experience persistent and often severe violence. Violence increases HIV risk and decreases HIV service uptake. To address this driver of the epidemic, LINKAGES identified and operationalized evidence-based activities to prevent and respond to violence as part of an HIV program. In this workshop, we will explore the connection between violence and HIV, describe the global rollout of high quality and locally tailored violence prevention and response activities, and conduct participatory activities from LINKAGES’ violence prevention and response trainings.
Speakers: Hally Mahler, FHI360; Robyn Dayton, FHI360