What are the objectives of PLACE?
The Priorities for Local AIDS Control Efforts (PLACE) method is a rapid assessment tool to improve AIDS prevention program coverage in areas where HIV transmission is most likely to occur. It was developed for local AIDS prevention managers in resource-poor settings who want to know where to target resources to prevent new infections.1 The focus of the PLACE method is to identify gaps in current prevention programs and monitor program coverage over time.
PLACE map showing priority sites for AIDS prevention programs in Osh, Kyrgyzstan:
In Osh, the primary objective was to identify priority sites for prevention programs. Priority sites were defined as sites where people meet new sexual partners, youth patronize the site, commercial sex workers solicit clients, and where injection drug users can be reached for prevention programs.