In Nigeria, LGBT who are also living with HIV face stigma, exclusion, harassment and violence because of both their HIV status and socio-cultural, and religious perceptions. This support will retain more than 100 MSM tested positive to HIV from the Global Fund ( New Funding Model) HIV intervention in Edo state, Nigeria and others who have tested HIV+ after the end of the project support cycle. MSM friendly centers will promote access and uptake of appropriate HIV/STI management services.
The Global Fund NFM HIV prevention intervention ended in December, 2017 with CERPHEC left to cope with a key outcome;More than 100 MSM who are HIV+ and present with different forms of STI and without any direct support. These are young boys and adolescents who are either too afraid to discuss their cases with their parents or access treatment in a public health facility. The only option left to continue treatment when they choose, is sex work especially with older men.
CERPHEC would provide STI treatment and ensure that MSM complete their dozes of medications. Procure more drugs to enable the organization attend to older cases who are reluctant to go for treatment in public health facilities and new cases started on treatment. Complicated cases would be referred and managed at centers where peer to peer interaction would also be encouraged. MSM would be engaged in income generating activities to provide alternatives to sex work.
The project aim to provide MSM in Edo state, Nigeria alternatives to sex work and promote access to early and complete treatment for STIs. More specifically, the project would; 1. Support CERPHEC with STI drug doses for 100 MSM 2. Ensure and document 150 MSM who completed STI treatment in Edo State. 3. Provide support to 20 MSM for income generating enterprise in Edo state. 4. Provide 12x support for peer- peer interaction for MSM in chosen public health facilities in Edo State