Implemented STEPS AVAHAN PROJECT during 2004-2012 in Srikalahasti, Puttur, Thottambedu, Pichattur, Satyavedu sites .Supported by India HIV/AIDS Alliance funded by International HIV/AIDS Alliance, UK Target people are Female Sex Workers, Men Sex with Men their clients and partners, People Living with HIV/AIDS.
To Develop enabling environment, providing STI treatment and basic HIV care.
It is an innovative program to reduce HIV infection, Reduction of STI Prevalence among Key Population and their clients. Increased condom usage amongst Sex Workers Increased empowerment of Sex Workers Committees and creation of an enabling environment. Empowerment of Key Population to follow safe sex behavior and practices. Provided clinical services for STI and opportunistic infections to the KPS.
Identified and recruited outreach workers from the Key population (KPS) to Identify the key population and developed rapport with the KPS.Developed drop in centers (DIC) for KPs to meet and discuss their problems. Clinics were established in DICs, Clinical services were provided for the sexually transmitted infections of key population and for opportunistic infections of PLHAs. Pre test and post test counseling provided for key population referred to area hospital for VCTC. Provided training for the KPS in correct usage condoms and the condoms are made available to them. Advocacy meetings conducted for Police, Administrators, Doctors, Media people. Exhibitions, stalls and Video shows arranged during festivals and IEC material distributed to create awareness about HIV/IDS among general population. Encouraged CBO formation among Key population.1 FSW CBO,1 MSM CBO, 1 PLHAs CBO were formed.