'Let's Stop HIV': Evaluation of an HIV prevention programme targeting Latin Americans in London
PHE ePoster Library. Jamal Z. Sep 12, 2017; 186641; 42
Ms. Zahra Jamal
Ms. Zahra Jamal
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Abstract BackgroundLatin Americans constitute the fastest growing community in London.In 2013, HIV prevalence in London was 30% higher among Latin Americans than in the general population. In response, 'Let's Stop HIV' was established by a London sexual health charity to both raise awareness about HIV and promote testing within Latin American communities in 5 London boroughs.The programme was delivered in partnership with 13 Spanish and Portuguese speaking organisations.MethodsA mixed methods approach was utilised to evaluate the programme 1)data collected on number of HIV tests conducted and people reached through outreach work 2) quantitative surveys examining HIV knowledge in individuals exposed to the intervention 3)semi-structured interviews with key informants from the partner organisations and HIV physicians.4)Case studies with service usersResults1)562 point-of-care HIV tests conducted, 19 positive tests(3.38%) 2056 Latin Americans engaged around HIV through outreach work.28,000 condoms and 9200 HIV-related leaflets distributed. 2)Medium to high levels of HIV knowledge exhibited in individuals exposed to the intervention. 3)Qualitative data with stakeholders revealed the programme was able to overcome many barriers to HIV testing including stigma, addressing the linguistic needs of the community and gaining their trust and confidence. Conclusion The growing population of Latin Americans in London coupled with the high HIV prevalence in this community highlights the need for specific HIV prevention interventions tailored to this group.'Let's Stop HIV' is the only dedicated HIV prevention programme targeting Latin Americans and has shown to be effective in encouraging HIV testing in this diverse community. External funding details PHE HIV Innovation Fund
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