Ed Scholl, AIDSTAR-One Project Director, John Snow, Inc. AIDSTAR-One is funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS, and provides rapid technical assistance to USAID and U.S. Government (USG) country teams to build effective, well-managed, and sustainable HIV and AIDS programs, and promotes new leadership in the global campaign against HIV.
Sanjay takes his lunch break on his construction job near the city of Nagpur in the state of Maharashtra, India. He migrated here in search of work from his home in the northern state of Madhya Pradesh. He’s 23 and single and hopes to earn enough to get married, start a family, and help his parents back home.
During his break, Sanjay (not his real name) decides to visit the big van parked near the construction site, where an outreach worker told him he can get free HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing. He’s curious and a bit concerned about his HIV status, since he knows that visiting sex workers back in town, as he and his fellow workers occasionally do, puts him at risk for HIV. He enters the van and is greeted by the counselor, who explains how HIV and STIs are transmitted and what he can do to avoid them. Sanjay then gives his consent for an HIV test. The counselor shares some pamphlets that give him additional information about HIV and STI prevention. Before she leaves, she demonstrates how to use a condom and offers him some.
Next, he visits the doctor, who goes through a checklist of STI symptoms and provides a physical exam. Finally, he goes to the lab, where blood is drawn. He is told to come back for the results in four hours. At the end of his shift, he returns to the van and the counselor tells him, much to his relief, that he is HIV-negative and does not have an STI. She reminds him how he can stay healthy and avoid HIV and STIs and answers all of his additional questions. Read the rest of this entry »
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