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United States organizes World AIDS Day campaign "Stop Aids!" in Kyrgyzstan.

The Health Outreach Program, funded by the United States government through USAID, has organized the following events for the 2010 World AIDS Day informative campaign "Stop AIDS!" Events are being held in the Chui, Osh and Jalal-Abad Oblasts of the Kyrgyz Republic.1. November 22-December 31, Bishkek - "Day of Open Doors" invites people to receive consultations on HIV issues with a specialist. This event is sponsored by the Health Outreach Program and partnering NGO Sotsium. The hot line for intravenous drug users will be open 24 hours a day. 2. November 30, Chui Oblast - Edutainment event includes a movie showing of "Positive Life with HIV", quizzes on HIV prevention, and a presentation on the epidemiological situation in Chui Oblast. Participants will include PLHIV, at risk youth and medical workers from Family Medicine Centers. 3. December 1, Osh and Jalal-Abad cities - Events will include role play, quizzes on HIV prevention and stories from former intravenous drug users. Program is hosted by local NGOs working with injecting drug users and sex workers in the south of Kyrgyzstan. 4. December 1, Bishkek - "We are against AIDS" event, hosted by Bishkek outreach workers, will be held in Panfilov Park from 12-2pm. Participants will paint T-shirts, cups, balls and small sculptures in the theme "HIV and Us" and distribute the handmade items to visitors of the park while providing information on HIV prevention. At the end of event, outreach workers will release painted balloons with the slogan "World without AIDS." 5. December 1, Chui Oblast - "The Information Train", made up of 5 mini buses, begins at 10am in Kant city and travels to Alamedin Rayon, then Sokuluk Rayon and ends in Belovodskoe. The caravan will visit Health Outreach Program target sites organizing edutainment events in rural Houses of Culture in the theme "REDEEM A PROMISE. STOP AIDS!"6. December 1, Chui Oblast - Events will be conducted from 9:30am-1:00pm in targeted penitentiary sites in Moldovanovka village and Pokrovka village, and will include organized sketches, quizzes, and a competition of posters and drawings by prisoners devoted to World AIDS Day.The 2010 World AIDS Day events will be attended by USAID/Kyrgyz Republic representatives from Oblast AIDS centers and Family medicine Centers, as well as local NGOs working with most at risk populations in KyrgyzstanThere are 3204 people living with HIV in Kyrgyzstan. The primary cause of HIV transmission is through shared use of needles/syringes and equipment by drug users, accounting for 74% of HIV cases. The secondary cause is sexual transmission, accounting for 22% of HIV cases. The main risk factors for contracting HIV are drug use and unprotected sexual contact. The constant increase of infection in the number of injection drug users and sex-industry workers from year to year stresses the need for preventive events targeting these at risk groups. HIV Sentinel Surveillance has shown that48% of intravenous drug users have shared injecting equipment, 11.3 % have shared needles and 14.3% of intravenous drug users have HIV in Kyrgyzstan.The USAID-funded Health Outreach Program provides technical assistance, training and direct outreach services to increase access to quality HIV and TB prevention and treatment services for the six most at-risk populations: sex workers, injecting drug users, men having sex with men, people living with HIV, prisoners and migrants. The program is currently operating in pilot sites within Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.The program is implemented by the Health Outreach Program Consortium of partners, led by Population Services International (PSI) and includes Project HOPE, the AIDS Foundation East-West (AFEW) and the Kazakhstan Association for People Living with HIV/AIDS (Kazak Association of PLHIV).

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Date:Dec 1, 2010
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