Coupon system, strategy to increasing coverage outreach and STI screening – behaviour change intervention program among MSM

Published: July 18, 2010

Coupon system, strategy to increasing coverage outreach and STI screening – behaviour change intervention program among MSM

I. Abdurrakhman

Himpunan Abiasa, Program Director, Bandung, Indonesia

Background: The coupon system is a system of recruitment of MSM to participate in HIV prevention and AIDS by using social networks (MSM) their have. This system also allows the participation of MSM in the education process because every MSM who had the task of distributing coupons MSM to educate others MSM about HIV and AIDS and risk reduction is possible.

With a very short program this strategy can be quite helpful in improving coverage and access to outreach services STI-related health and HIV (VCT).

Methods: Coupon system is done by asking the MSM to be a recruiter (hereinafter referred to as Seed). An MSM recruiters were given coupons to recruit 2 MSM 2 others in their social network (hereinafter referred to as wave). In this recruitment process, recruiters will provide education about basic information STIs and HIV and how to reduce the risk of transmission to the MSM which recruits. Also encourages MSM who have been recruited / trained to come to the office or DIC institutions to follow the strengthening further information, quizzes and surveys conduct interviews.
Stage: Reception, Quiz, Behavior Survey Interview, Peer Education, Payments

Results: Increasing outreach coverage and access to STI clinics as many as 300 MSM within 2 weeks. And indirectly also increased the involvement of MSM in HIV prevention programs (peer programs) by providing education of their social network.

Conclusions:

  • Effective enough to raise the coverage in the provision of STI and HIV information of gay and other MSM,
  • Improve access to coverage of STI and HIV services (VCT)
  • Increasing the involvement of the Gay and Other MSM in HIV prevention programs
  • Requires substantial costs, because for Gay and Other MSM involved should be given a cash reward.

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