EpiC Central Asia

When Elena got to Ust-Kamenogorsk in East Kazakhstan, she had an HIV test at the AIDS center, where doctors advised her to contact Answer, a community-based organization supported by the Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) project. Answer implements services to help people living with HIV initiate and continue treatment. Peer navigators* working for Answer provide motivational counseling to clients and assist them in accessing services at medical facilities.

“I decided to go and met nice people there. Again, the same thought crossed my mind—what if I can find ‘my’ people here, the ones who I can trust and rely on? I started attending support groups. These people became really close to me. They really supported me at that time and helped me get out of my depression.“

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