How to made epidemiology surveillance on sexual behavior and HIV/STD prevalence rates in vulnerable population in Honduras: Central American study on sexual behavior surveillance and HIV/STD prevalence rates among vulnerable population, ECVC – PLUS, 2006
Issues: Between 2005 and 2007 the outcomes of the Central American Survey of Monitoring of the sexual Behavior and prevalence of STDs/HIV (ECVC) have been planned, executed and socialized in four vulnerable groups. The coordination with different partners allows the execution of the survey.
Description: Support the development of local capacities in order to establish HIV surveillance and behavior in vulnerable populations, to systematize procedures of design and prevalence study implementation to rely on standardized guides that support the accomplishment of future studies in Honduras and Central America, allowing to compare with similar studies at national and international level.
Lessons learned: The ECVC-plus was carried out in different cities obtaining a total of 3.000 participants of the organizations working with Sexual workers, MSM, garifunas and People with HIV. It was required to establish strategic alliances with all organizations of civil society who work with this populations. In the subscribed agreements they established tasks and functions, participating in the different stages of the study; the conformation of the core team was integrated with leaders of these organizations. Institutional counterparts were appointed to participate in the revision of the protocol and the procedures of the survey, definition of the mechanisms of coordination, selection of personnel, revision and validation of questionnaires, operational guides, installation of data collection sites and samples, delivery of results, data cleaning and analysis, as well as socialization.
Next steps: The development of a survey to monitor the behavior and prevalence of STDs and HIV in four vulnerable populations with the participation of the populations in the development of the study. Workshop analysis was developed to strengthening the local capacities of the Health Services and the leaders of the civil society in monitoring of second generation, and more than 200 people in the analysis and use of the data.
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