Positive Prevention Information Sheet Series

HIV is everyone’s responsibility. Positive prevention encourages people living with HIV to adopt a holistic approach to life that addresses their emotional and sexual needs. It also promotes shared responsibility and collaboration between people living with HIV, their families, friends and communities to adopt effective approaches to ensure health and well-being.

Guiding Principles and Values: An explanation of the key values that form the basis of positive prevention programs, including The Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV (GIPA) and human rights, diversity, shared responsibility and empowerment, to name just a few.

Program Elements: An review of how effective positive prevention program address the factors that play a role in HIV risk, including the social determinants of health, universal access to prevention tools, stigma and discrimination and criminalization. It also examines how encouraging education, capacity building and improved testing, as well as behaviours that strengthen prevention efforts, such as healthy attitudes towards sex and sexuality, practice of the GIPA principle and the respect and promotion of human rights, work to promote positive prevention.

Common Misconceptions: A revelation of what positive prevention really is and what it is not.

Strategies for People Living with HIV: Detailed pointers on how people living with HIV can protect and improve their sexual health, delay the progression of HIV, promote shared responsibility for protecting sexual health and better advocate and mobilize to effect policy changes.

What New HIV Prevention Technologies Mean for People Living with HIV: An outline of new prevention technologies, including male and female condoms, microbicides, treatment as prevention, PrEP, PEP, vaccines, male circumcision, and prevention of vertical transmission and the role they play in preventing STIs and HIV infection. You’ll discover the advantages and disadvantages of these prevention tools, as well as the challenges related to access, effectiveness and general acceptance.

Resources: A list of relevant position statements, policy documents and discussion papers, and other background and educational materials related to positive prevention.

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