This project is part of a grant from USAID to CARE Cameroon. The overall project aims to reduce HIV and sexually transmitted infections and related morbidity and mortality and ease the impact of HIV on the socioeconomic development of Cameroon. Johns Hopkins provides technical assistance for the operational research components of the project. This will include mapping and size estimations among men who have sex with men (MSM) and sex workers (SW) in the 3 focus regions where we have not conducted these studies. Johns Hopkins faculty and staff will also provide technical assistance for integrated behavioral and biological surveillance surveys with MSM, SW, and clients of SW, as well as a longitudinal study with SW and MSM who are living with HIV and those who are not living with HIV to investigate the impact of HIV prevention and treatment-as-prevention interventions. Johns Hopkins faculty and staff will also pilot and measure the effects of integrated stigma reduction interventions.
Stefan Baral, MD