Salvando VIHdas: street intervention to promote condom use among MSM, sex workers, mobile, and uniformed populations in Ciudad de San Francisco de Campeche, Campeche
Issues: Street intervention to promote condom use among MSM, sex workers, mobile, and uniformed populations in Ciudad de San Francisco de Campeche, Campeche.
Description: The project Salvando VIHdas took place in Ciudad de San Francisco de Campeche in collaboration with PSI México and has reached around 5,000 people and indirectly around 10,000. Through field research 5 places were identified where MSM, sex workers, mobile, and uniformed populations congregate. The sites were: city market, gay venues, City Park, red light district, and the truck stop on the outskirts of the city. About 5,000 information contacts were made during the morning and evening hours. First, rapport was established, personal data collected for follow-up, and through fun activities condom use was promoted. Participants were taught how to protect themselves from infection. Furthermore as incentive for learning correct condom use they were given color and flavored condoms.
Lessons learned: Face to face work requires the earned trust of the community and requires a positive attitude and an open mind. It is better to provide follow-up to people through monitoring using phone, in person or internet contacts to see if they are using the learned skills of condom use. The strategy must be sustained and provide contact information in case is needed. It is better to provide the information in person instead of simply using brochures, flyers, etc. because when the information is given in person you has a better chance of answering questions and the information can be internalized.
Next steps: We hope to continue with the street level intervention along with an information stand and a mobile sexuality fair that will take the information to people living in marginalized urban and rural zones. Also there will be refresher follow up workshop to reinforce the information already learned by the members of the vulnerable populations in selected sites.
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