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Key Populations

Our Key Populations (KP) programme aims to reduce HIV incidence and mitigate the impact of HIV among Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and Transgender Women (TGW). 

We achieve this through a practical differentiated service delivery model providing a comprehensive package of client-centred services along the HIV prevention and treatment cascade.

Key Populations

Our Key Populations (KP) programme aims to reduce HIV incidence and mitigate the impact of HIV among Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and Transgender Women (TGW). 

We achieve this through a practical differentiated service delivery model providing a comprehensive package of client-centred services along the HIV prevention and treatment cascade.

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The POP INN clinics offer free sexual health services to Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and Transgender Women (TGW) across South Africa.
The clinics provide a safe space for key populations communities to receive counselling, screening for HIV, STIs and TB, receive PrEP or ART, and receive psychosocial support services. The clinics also provide free Wi-Fi, access to computers and a comfortable space to relax and connect with peers.

Our Technical Expertise

The Aurum KP programme is informed by project advisory groups drawn from the local community, and is led and implemented by peers through dedicated Aurum KP community clinics and mobile units, or in collaboration with local community-based organisations.

An Advisory Board of leading key population advocates informs the programme’s strategic direction based on local priorities and global best practices. Aurum’s KP programme leads also serve on the South African national Key Populations Technical Working Group to provide input on policy and advocacy strategies.

Demand Creation - Promoting ART access and adherence through multiple and repeated media and community campaigns focusing on U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable) to embed understanding of the advantages of early ART initiation.

Prevention - Reaching HIV negative MSM and TGW and maintain their negative status through repeat HIV testing and provision of condoms, lubricants and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV negative clients.

Care and Treatment - Providing KP-friendly health facilities to reduce the risk of stigma and loss to follow up.

Psychosocial Support - In collaboration with various university schools of psychology, qualified psychologists provide psycho-social support to clients. Weekly therapy sessions are scheduled as 1:1 of group counselling sessions for our clients.

Programme Management & Monitoring - Aurum uses Qode for field teams to upload client information directly onto a project specific database, foregoing a paper-based capturing burden. A mobile App also tags team locations using GIS and collects the number of MSM and TGW reached and tested, and the yield. Our Project Experience

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