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  • Persons most at risk for contracting HIV are being targeted under a USAID-funded programme.
  • The HIV Prevalence in Most-at-Risk Population Reduced programme, which runs from October, 2009 to September, 2014, will this financial year receive $294.1 million.
  • This year the programme will focus on HIV Positive adults and children receiving a minimum of one clinical service.

Persons most at risk for contracting HIV are being targeted under a United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded programme.

As outlined in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, the HIV Prevalence in Most-at-Risk Population Reduced programme, which runs from October, 2009 to September, 2014, will this financial year receive $294.1 million.

The objectives of the project include: increasing safer sex practices and improving attitudes and behaviours among vulnerable high risk groups; reducing HIV transmission by delaying sexual initiation, promoting abstinence and increasing condom use among sexually active adolescents; finalising and disseminating the national HIV/AIDS workplace policy; and reducing stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV/AIDS.

This year the programme will focus on continuing the following: HIV Positive adults and children receiving a minimum of one clinical service; informing out-of school youth with individual/and/or small group level preventive interventions that are based on evidence and /or meet the minimum standards required; continuing testing and counselling of persons.

It will also seek to provide antiretroviral therapy to adults and children with advanced HIV infection; reach commercial sex workers, men who have sex with men, inmates and the homeless with individual and /or small group level HIV preventive interventions.