With increasing access to antiretroviral (ART) Treatment and subsequently increased longevity, people living with HIV (PLHIV) have regained the opportunity to live longer, fulfilling lives and to plan for future, including decisions about sex, sexuality and the possibility of expanding families. Among PLHIVs from marginalised groups, indicators show even higher rates of unmet contraceptive need, untreated Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and lack of knowledge and skills on safer sex and broader positive prevention.
India HIV/AIDS Alliance has launched the project in partnership with NGOs in four States of India; Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. In Gujarat, CHETNA implements the project in five districts of the State. in partnership with Gujarat State Network of Positive People (GSNP+), five districts network of positive people and key population organisations. (gsnpplus.org)
The project is still in its initial phase identifying the SRHR issues for advocacy by community consultations at grassroot level. The process of capacity building of partners on the issue of SRHR is in progress. Soon the results of Knowledge, Attitude and Practices study will help determine the State level advocacy issues. A State level advocacy coalition is formed which has members from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), media, right to information etc.
The aim of the project is to strengthen CSOs and networks, specifically those representing and working with PLHIV and key populations to effectively advocate for development and implementation of SRHR policies and programmes for PLHIV in India.
Time Frame: April-2011 to March-2014
Coordinating Agency: India HIV/AIDS Alliance
This project is funded by the European Union