Burundi PLACE Report. Priorities for Local AIDS Control Efforts

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Year: 2014

Burundi PLACE Report. Priorities for Local AIDS Control Efforts Abstract:

The Priorities for Local AIDS Control Efforts (PLACE) method is a monitoring tool to identify areas likely to have a higher incidence of HIV infection. In Burundi, a total of 66 municipalities (13 from Bujumbura, 21 other urban areas including 16 provincial capitals and 32 rural municipalities) were selected for this study. Key informants from the community were identified within each of the priority prevention areas to identify sites where new relationships and sexual partnerships occur. Then, each site was visited and a person familiar with the site was interviewed on its characteristics. Finally, the sites were sampled and interviews were conducted with sites patrons and workers to characterize sexual behavior and HIV seroprevalence.

Based on the findings from this PLACE assessment, the study recommends improved condom availability at venues were people meet new partners, offering HIV testing and linkage to care, voluntary male circumcision, and studies to test the acceptability of new HIV prevention interventions such as pre-exposure prophylaxis, redesigned female condoms, and anti-retroviral-releasing vaginal rings.