AHF collaborates with government and non-governmental organizations in Peru to provide HIV testing and treatment to most-at-risk populations, supporting the timely entry of treatment under the service linkage model.
Efforts are underway to facilitate access to retroviral treatment and to improve the quality of care at four regions (Lima, Ica, Loreto and Lambayeque) in ten hospitals.
AHF Peru is coordinating efforts to promote HIV screening to target populations and distribute rapid HIV testing throughout major cities, adapting campaigns in indigenous and remote populations.
AHF Peru works with the Health Ministry to raise awareness about the importance of timely treatment and preventative practices, such as condom use during sex. In 2014, the first wellness center was established to provide HIV and STD testing and treatment services.
The Ministry of Health estimates 70,000 people are living with HIV in Peru, most of who are a part of the transgender community or men who have sex with men (MSM).
The fear of social repercussions and the absence of free rapid test campaigns led many Peruvians to avoid HIV testing and learning their status.
Now, national campaigns have focused on countering the stigmas attached to HIV/AIDS and on increasing testing, especially among young men.
Sources: UNAIDS 2016 estimates CIA World Factbook 2016
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