Internet Based Condoms and Lubricants Distribution Channel: An Effective Strategy to Promote Access to Safer Sex Behaviours and Products Utilized by KAPs in Nigeria

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Author(s): Bako John Chukwudi1, Oluwayinka Adejumoke Gloria1, Wudiri Kucheli1, Titus Michael Olubunmi1, Ademodi Tuntunladi Gloria4, Ogundele Raphael5, Tijani Okikiola Ishola6, Oni Oluwafunke6, Onumadu Geraldine Onyeka7, Okeke Gabriel Chukwudi1, Fashade Ayodeji4

Conference: 19th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2017) · Abstract: A-918-0003-02081·

Presentation Date: Thursday, 7 December 2017

Issues: The effective supply, distribution and promotion of male and female condoms and lubricants are essential to successful HIV prevention interventions with Key Affected Populations. Condoms have been recommended as an HIV prevention method since the mid-1980s and remain the most effective tool for preventing STIs/HIV transmission.

Descriptions: The objective of the Global Fund New Funding Model for MARPs is to promote integrated service delivery among MARPs and develop the capacity of the community to implement programmes directly amongst themselves. Under the NFM the prevention programme for MARPs targets Men Who have Sex with Men (MSM), Female Sex Workers (FSW) and People Who Inject Drugs (PWID).

SFH adopted the nationally approved Minimum Prevention Package of Intervention (MPPI) as the programme strategy and MARPs were reached with Behavioural, Bio-medical and Structural interventions. KAPs who were recruited as Peer Educators and peers had consistent contacts and interactions with the programme (through social media, community outreach staff and programme staff) for 30 months.

The intervention used the social media to establish accessible condom and lubricants supplies and distribution to 2,355 KAPs. KAPs recruited into the programme are automatically included in the group social media platforms (WhatsApp, Instagram, Tango, BBM and twitter) to make use of the chatrooms for requesting for safer sex products, experience and knowledge sharing.

Those who are in need of condoms or lubricants and placed orders are attended to by the community outreach staff while the HTS staff makes arrangement for HIV testing for those who wants to be tested.

Lessons learned: The meaningful involvement and leadership of the Key Affected Populations community is essential for effective condom programming. The platform provided KAPs with information and communication messages to reduce barriers to condom use, as well as the skills to correctly and consistently use condoms. Strategic partnerships among all main partners are essential to improve access to, and use of, condoms to prevent or reduce the incidence of unintended pregnancies, STIs and HIV.

Next steps: The programme will carry out more accurate forecasting of condom and lubricant supply needs for KAPs and conduct market research to understand KAPs’ condom preferences including sizes, colours and flavours.

Category: Track C: Epidemiology and Prevention Science

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