Senegal has a relatively low rate of HIV infection in the general population, but it is much higher amongst marginalised and criminalised groups, including men who have sex with men and sex workers. Over half of those living with HIV in Senegal are women.
We have been working with Alliance Nationale Contre le SIDA (ANCS) to tackle this. ANCS’s work focuses on preventing HIV among marginalised groups. Through a Global Fund project, ANCS are aiming to reach thousands of sex workers, men who have sex with men, young people and women with testing, antiretroviral treatment and prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV, by 2015. The project aims to strengthen Senegal’s health system, rehabilitation health structures and recruiting nurses and midwives.
ANCS also provides HIV and sexual and reproductive health services - last year they reached over 490,000 people to help them take care of their sexual health. They also reached over 18,000 people with testing and counselling to make sure that people living with HIV know their status and can start on life-saving treatment.