Each year on December 1st, World AIDS Day is commemorated around the globe to honor those we have lost to HIV and to promote awareness and action for the enduring promise of an AIDS-Free Generation. This toolkit is designed to provide Volunteers with ideas on how to participate in World AIDS Day and to share activities.

HTC is considered the gateway to appropriate HIV prevention services (be it primary prevention or preventing onward transmission). HTC is also an integral step in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC). This session introduces Peace Corps Volunteers to the HIV testing process in [country x]. It also allows PCVs to explore different HTC methods used and their effectiveness and appropriateness in different situations/contexts.

This Idea Book offers some practical strategies for assessing and responding to the effects of HIV on each of Peace Corps’ project areas, including: Agriculture and Environment, Small Enterprise Development, Health, Youth, and Education.

HIV Prevention Training Package: Introduction to the Training Package

HIV Care, Support, and Treatment Training Package: Introduction to Training Package

This session introduces CST and includes definitions and key concepts. It discusses the Continuum of Care, a critical tool in helping Volunteers visualize connected points of CST service delivery. This understanding will lead to the identification of appropriate roles and activities for Volunteers.

Volunteers who work at the grassroots level have many opportunities to train PLHIV, their caregivers and their family in self-care or living positively, a set of healthy behaviors that include adequate sleep, exercise, nutrition, and stress-reduction.

Volunteers have a potentially important role to play in treatment adherence. This session focuses on treatment literacy, treatment adherence, barriers affecting treatment adherence, and evidence-based activities to strengthen treatment adherence appropriate to Volunteer roles at the community level.

Implementation of programs is more important than the content; if a project is perfectly designed and yet poorly executed, it will fail. This session introduces the concept of implementation science and the need for PCVs to utilize the proven evidence base in HIV prevention. It also introduces the M&E framework for PCVs and how they will structure their community entry tasks for HIV.

Participants learn about combination prevention as a way to understand how they can use a variety of approaches (behavioral, biomedical, and structural) to create effective prevention programs.

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