The USAID- and PEPFAR-supported EpiC project hosted a webinar in a series on topics related to HIV prevention, care, and treatment for key populations—sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people, and people who inject drugs.
Much progress has been made in recent years in creating enabling policy environments and strengthening health systems to advance integrated delivery of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV prevention, care, and treatment services, including for key populations. However, female sex workers in many parts of the world continue to experience high rates of unmet need for family planning, unintended pregnancies, and sexual violence. Programs need to bring renewed attention to supporting sex workers to achieve their reproductive intentions.
This webinar shares new evidence that demands increased focus on the family planning needs of female sex workers, orients participants to new technical resources to support peer outreach workers and clinical providers to offer family planning counseling and services tailored to their needs, and provides local case examples of family planning and HIV integration for them.
Individual presentations can be viewed below:
- The imperative for improving access to and the quality of family planning for female sex workers (Jennifer Mason, USAID/Office of Population and Reproductive Health; Sarah Yeiser, USAID/Office of HIV/AIDS)
- Unmet need for contraception among female sex workers initiating oral pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention during Kenya’s national scale-up: Results from a programmatic surveillance study (Mercy Kamau, County Manager, Jilinde Project)
- Training tools and job aids to address the contraceptive needs of female sex workers (Irina Yacobson, Senior Technical Advisor, FHI 360)
- Peer-led Efforts to Increase Access to Contraception among Female Sex Workers in Tanzania (Benedict Kafumu, Senior Technical Advisor, FHI 360)
- Contraceptive Service Delivery for Female Sex Workers Reproductive Health Uganda (Tom Kulumba, Manager, Gender and Youth, Reproductive Health Uganda)