Pilot study of a rapid assessment method to identify places for AIDS prevention in Cape Town, South Africa


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Author(s): Weir SS, Morroni C, Coetzee N, Spencer J, Boerma JT

Year: 2002


Sex Transm Infect 2002. 78(Suppl I):i106-i113.
Abstract:
This journal article discusses a pilot study of the PLACE (Priorites for Local AIDS Control Efforts) method conducted in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1998. Researchers spoke with key informants, who identified 363 sites where locals meet to find sexual partners and to inject drugs. Of the 363 sites, 310 were verified and visited; researchers recorded characteristics of these locations and asked people there about their behaviors, demographic characteristics, and knowledge about HIV/AIDS. Results of this rapid assessment suggest that prevention programs and HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns should be targeted to bars and shebeens, which serve as networks for transmission.

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