Peru has a concentrated HIV/AIDS epidemic. 3% of the population has AIDS. 93,000 Peruvians, mostly under 35, are HIV+ and unaware of their status. PCI-Media Impact is working address the problem.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
When the epidemic was first identified, the government established a national prevention program which has since suffered through political turmoil, economic crisis and reduced funding. Now the concentration is on those with the highest infection rates-men who have sex with men and sex workers. But this only puts a bandage on a hemorrhaging problem—it does not take preventive action for the youth of Peru. Social and religious taboos also conflict with national public education efforts.
How will this project solve this problem?
Radio drama with call-in show, community dialogues, events and trainings address the root cause of poor sexual and reproductive health and knowledge among youth, including access to and use of health services and inter-generational communication.
Potential Long Term Impact
60% of adolescents will be willing to go to a health center for condoms 60% will talk about sex with their father; 73% will speak with their mothers about sex. The number of adolescents who know how to properly use condoms will double to 34%.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.