21 / 10 / 2021
Reporting the results of a study at the Fast-Track Cities 2021 Conference

On October 20-22, the International Conference, organized by the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), takes place in a hybrid format both virtually and in-person in Lisbon, Portugal.

The conference’s aim is to highlight successes achieved across the Fast-Track Cities network, address cross-cutting challenges faced by local stakeholders, and share best practices in accelerating urban HIV, TB, HBV, and HCV responses. In addition, the conference organizers have included COVID-19 among the program foci.

UIPHP Senior Researcher Tetiana Kiriazova presented preliminary results of a pilot study among communities of men who have sex with men (MSM), which was conducted in Kyiv by researchers of the Ukrainian Institute on Public Health Policy, Alliance.Global and UCSF, with the financial support of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC).

The project aimed to explore unmet needs, preferences, facilitators and barriers of hard-to-reach MSM groups in terms of access to HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs testing, as well as access to PrEP and ART. The guidance hypothesis predicted that barriers to HIV services faced by MSM can be overcome through “peer driven interventions” (PDI).