A systematic review of the benefits of VMMC on women’s health – such as protection from cervical cancer and its precursor cervical dysplasia, herpes simplex virus type 2, chlamydia, and syphilis.
The impact of SASA, a community mobilization intervention, on reported HIV-related risk behaviors and relationship dynamics in Kampala, Uganda
A review of how the SASA! programme impacted on reported HIV-related risk behaviors and relationship dynamics at a community level, especially among men.
Village community mobilization is associated with reduced HIV incidence in young South African women participating in the HPTN 068 study cohort
Community mobilization (CM) has been associated with increased HIV testing and condom use and has been called a ‘critical enabler’ for addressing the HIV epidemic. This paper examines the association of CM with incident HIV among adolescent girls and young women (ages 13 to 21) enrolled in the HPTN 068 cohort in the Agincourt Health […]
Changing the norms that drive intimate partner violence: findings from a cluster randomized trial on what predisposes bystanders to take action in Kampala, Uganda
Despite widespread calls to end violence against women, there remains limited evidence on how to prevent it. Using data from the SASA study, the paper explores which community members are most likely to intervene when they witness intimate partner violence.
A literature review outlining The importance of men in the global HIV response is increasingly recognised. In most settings, men are less engaged in HIV services and have worse health outcomes than women. The multiple gender, social, economic, political, and institutional factors behind these patterns are well documented. More recently, researchers have been reporting evidence […]
To address men’s underutilization of HIV services, efforts are needed on two fronts: challenging the regressive gender norms that discourage men from seeking health services, and developing improved health system policies, programmes, and service delivery strategies to ensure better provision of HIV services to men.
Community mobilization to modify harmful gender norms and reduce HIV risk: results from a community cluster randomized trial in South Africa
Community mobilization (CM) is increasingly recognized as critical to generating changes in social norms and behaviors needed to achieve reductions in HIV. We conducted a CM intervention to modify negative gender norms, particularly among men, in order to reduce associated HIV risk.
Community-based strategies to strengthen men’s engagement in the HIV care cascade in sub-Saharan Africa
Men in sub-Saharan Africa are less likely than women to engage in HIV services across the care cascade, resulting in poorer clinical outcomes. This paper explores how community-based HIV interventions can overcome barriers associated with facilities and increase men’s engagement in care.
Men’s perception of treatment as prevention in South Africa: Implications for engagement in HIV care and treatment.
While South Africa provides universal access to treatment, HIV testing and antiretroviral therapy (ART) uptake remains low, particularly among men. Little is known about community awareness of the effects of treatment on preventing transmission, and how this information might impact HIV service utilization. This qualitative study explored understandings of treatment as prevention among rural South […]