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Voluntary Counseling and Testing Services and Peer Education Activities on HIV/STI Among High Risk Group Communities, Monitoring, Prevention and Control Through Improvement of Surveillance System in Samegrelo and Kakheti Regions of Georgia

Tech Area / Field

  • MED-DIS/Disease Surveillance/Medicine

Status
3 Approved without Funding

Registration date
23.07.2002

Leading Institute
HIV/AIDS Patients Support Foundation, Georgia, Tbilisi

Supporting institutes

  • Georgian AIDS and Clinical Immunology Research Center, Georgia, Tbilisi

Project summary

AIDS Patients Support Foundation (APSF) in partnership with Infectious Diseases, AIDS and Clinical Immunology Research Center (IDACIRC) and in collaboration with School of Hygiene and Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD and Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR), Medical College of Wisconsin, USA request $194,639 from ISTC to implement HIV/AIDS prevention and control project in Samegrelo and Kakheti regions of Georgia. The goal of the project is to reduce HIV/STI transmission rate in targeted regions.

Main objective of the project is to build local capacity of monitoring and reporting of HIV/STI and develop sustained response to prevent the further spread of these infections among high-risk groups and prevent transmission to the general population.

Specific objectives are:

– Investigating HIV/STI prevalence and incidence and improving sentinel surveillance and HIV/STI monitoring and reporting in targeted regions.


– Building local capacity for voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) on HIV/STI for high risk groups and youth.
– Peer education among high-risk groups and popular leader education (POL) among local youth.
– Development of public awareness rising campaign on HIV/STI prevention with dissemination on EIC (education, information, communication) materials and hot-line operation.
– Development of appropriate referral system on HIV/STI in targeted regions.

Georgia belongs to countries classified as low HIV prevalence (< 5%, by UNAIDS definition) with concentrated epidemic among high-risk sub-groups that includes intravenous drug users (IDUs), commercial sex workers (CSWs), homosexual men (MSM) and internally displaced persons (IDPs). Given the current situation and the prevalence of HIV/STI in Georgia, the project represents pilot comprehensive strategy to prevent these infections spreading in targeted regions, positive experience of which could be generalized to whole country.

The project will result in reduced risky behavior among inpiduals at high risk of HIV/STI – IDUs, CSWs, MSMs, IDPs and general youth through Information/Education/Communication (IEC) interventions and provision of essential VCT services on HIV/STI, condom supply, peer and popular leader education. In addition, sentinel surveillance epidemiological data will be collected and observed for two years to identify trends, major risk factors and behavior for HIV/STI spread in targeted regions. Project locations are: Zugdidi, Samegrelo region (Western Georgia) and Telavi, Kakheti Region (Eastern Georgia). During two years of the project implementation estimated 4,000 inpiduals at high risk of HIV/STI will be reached with EIC, VCT and peer education interventions.


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