Health Program

Key population (or most at risk population) are small groups that have a significant impact on the transmission of HIV/AIDS. They are also disproportionately infected with HIV compared to the general population.

These populations include:

  • Sex Workers
  • Men who have sex with men (MSM)
  • Transgender People
  • Lesbians
  • Bisexual People
  • Intersex People

Because key populations are stigmatized, discriminated against, and often are victims of hostility (because of their HIV status and / or their sexual orientation/gender identity), as a rule in many places around the world they have found it difficult to access health services.

Key populations, their partners and clients of sex workers face alarming low access to services as persistent social norms stand in the way. There is a widening gap between people gaining access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support and people being left behind. Rates among transgender persons and injecting drug users also are disproportionately high.

In 2014 S.H.E started a program called Impilo Yethu Programme.

Lmpilo Yethu is a Health and HIV programme implemented to create a safer non-discriminatory platform for Transgender, Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay Men and other Men having sex with Men access to comprehensive HIV testing services. These include: health education, condom distribution, screening for blood pressure, diabetes, TB, STI, body mass index (BMI), cholesterol and testing for HIV, as well as facilitate discussion groups on sexual and mental health conversations.
All these are conducted at our drop in centre and community based outreach. Recipients are linked to health facilities that are LGBTI competent.

Our aim is to find a way to end stigma and discrimination amongst the LGBTI community through collaborative partnerships and health outreach methods of reaching those most at risk, providing them with prevention and treatment services.

Ending the AIDS epidemic will not be possible without greatly increased efforts to reduce new infections and prevent AIDS-related deaths among high-risk key populations.

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