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Minimum Requirements for effective HIV prevention programming

There are many factors to consider when programming for HIV prevention, so many in fact that
managers' best intentions are often sidetracked as they try to address all of them. Experience
tells us that there are minimum requirements that must be addressed for HIV prevention
programmes to be effective.

Know your Epidemic and your Current Response

User Instruction: Review the bulleted list of minimum requirements below. Regarding each of the minimum requirements, answer the question: Have you considered this minimum requirement in your programming for the geographical area(s) in which you work/operate? A "No" response will link you to the best resources available to guide you to meet these minimum requirements. A "Yes" response will advance you to the next step in the Toolkit.

Have you considered the following minimum requirements in your HIV prevention programming for the geographical area(s) in which you work/operate?

The main mode(s) of transmission (spreading) of HIV in the geographical area(s) in which you work/operate

Certain locations where risk behaviors are frequent and/or promoted within the geographical area(s) in which you work/operate

Economic and societal factors such as social and cultural norms, practices, beliefs, and laws that stigmatize and act as barriers to HIV prevention services

Populations at higher risk and vulnerable to HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections

HIV prevalence in most-at-risk populations (Sex Workers, Men having Sex with Men, Injecting Drug Users, Prisoners etc.)

Target population(s) in which new HIV infections are occurring

Classification of the HIV epidemic scenario in your geographic area(s) as low, concentrated, generalized, hyperendemic, or any other