“HIV/AIDS PREVENTION, CARE AND SUPPORT FOR TRANSGENDER PERSONS IN THE CENTRAL REGION OF UGANDA
Tranz Network Uganda (TNU) with funding from Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) is implementing a one-year project entitled “HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support for transgender persons in central region of Uganda” the project focuses more specifically on two districts of Wakiso and Kampala. The project targets to reach out to 510 transgender persons with HIV counseling and testing as well as sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening. The services are provided using two models; mobile (community outreaches) and static (Drop-In Center). The project began in October 2019 and continues to this day.
Overall aim of the project:
To increase access to equitable HIV/AIDS services and opportunities for Transgender persons in Uganda.
Objectives of the Project: The HIV prevention, care and support for transgender person project in central region was proposed to achieve the following objectives;
- To increase HIV awareness among the transgender persons in Wakiso and Kampala districts
- To advocate and promote equitable HIV services for transgender persons in Wakiso and Kampala districts
- To provide HIV testing and STI screening to 510 transgender persons in Wakiso and Kampala districts
Activities being implemented:
- Community outreaches on HIV counselling and testing.
- ART client follow ups to ensure drug adherence and viral suppression,
- Conducting referrals for HIV/AIDS positive transgender persons
- Static HIV testing and STI screening for transgender persons at the TNU Drop In Center.
- Social networking, information and experience sharing sessions.
- Partnering with healthcare providers for referral and support:
- Trainings on; “HIV/AIDS, Human Rights & The Law”, “SRHR”, “Gender & Sexual Diversity”, “Health Literacy”, “PEP & PrEP usage by Peer Educators” among others.