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Greater/Meaningful Involvement of People with Aids GIPA/MIPA

About About


Vision

Community members access high quality and effective HIV prevention and treatment services with no fear of HIV Stigma while PLWHIV are leading the HIV prevention agenda


Mission

A organisation that specialises in peer led Community U=U campaign, Systems Strengthening, Behavioural Change Communication, Demand Creation and Direct Service Delivery in order to combat HIV and its impact regionally .


Background

HIV Survivors and Partners Network is a South African based organisation offering its services across Africa . It is led by clinicians in discordant marriages with over 15 years experience in HIV prevention and treatment services. The organisation's main focus is to fight HIV related stigma and discrimination, advocate for discordant partners right to HIV services and Sexual Reproductive Health while creating demand for HIV services across all cascades.

The secondary objective is to empower and engage communities, health care workers and community health workers to ensure communities receive high quality, effective and client centered HIV services.

The organisation also has a peer led and client centered community based HIV direct service delivery component. It also provides an online platform for woman and men that are living with HIV to voice their dissatisfaction related to HIV stigma, and health and sexual reproductive rights .

The founders of the organisation (discordant couple that are also clinicians) are a voice for the voiceless, in particular those that are not comfortable to disclose their HIV status due to fear of stigma and discrimination and whose rights are violated.

Services


Meaningful involvement of People with Aids

Peer Led U=U Campaign

Demand Creation using the U=U messaging Community and Social Media Campaigns Radio and Television talks IEC Material Designing

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Advocacy

Advocating for PLWHIV sexual reproductive rights and prevention program (Concordant and Discordant partners)

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Community Systems Strengthening

Peer led Capacity Building for civil society, non governmental, government and private business.

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HCW's in Aids Care Program

Training and Mentoring for HCW's in Aids Care Championing Patient Centered Care- Annual Conferences

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Peer Led Direct Service Delivery

HIV Testing and Assisted Partner Notification Peer Led- Community Based HIV Testing/Index /Couple Testing Safer Conception Service Advise and Referral Prep/HAART distributors

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Training Application form-HCW's in HIV Care


These trainings are meant to capacitate Professional Nurses with the latest patient centered HIV programs across the cascade. The purpose of the programme is to ensure nurses render effective and effective patient centered care. Training courses are offered virtually (at the comfort of their office/homes) and all learners who submit their assignments will get a certificate of attendance. Following the theory, leaners are expected to do practicals, log cases and submit a portfolio of evidence in order to be deemed competent. There is a lot of demand for health workers trained on the courses we offer. HSPN is a recognized peer led institution and a leader in patient centeres care locally and regionally 





Employee Health and Wellness Service Request


Employees health and wellness is critical and every employer is expected to invest to the employees. The organization offers peer led employees or work place program ranging from awareness campains and chronic diseases screening . Programs are facilitated by nurses infected and affected , they are more passionate and able to motivate employees through personal story sharing 

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Membership and Partnerships Registrations


Membership and partnership is free and open to all with the following restrictions.

Consider that your organisation is:

non-governmental organisation (NGO)
faith-based organisation
community-based organisation
national network
professional association

If you are a civil society organisation, we invite you to become a partner of HIV Survivors and Partners Network. Partnership is open to organisations working in the HIV sector as well as international networks and institutions active in the field of HIV/AIDS in South Africa and or Africa. Read more information about partnerships below.

Why become a member?


Membership enables you to get discounted:

Capacity Building opportunities (Training and Mentoring)
Equipment and tools required to deliver your HIV services
Peer led personalized IEC material with real life stories of PLWHIV for your campaigns
Demand creation campaigns

You also benefit from:
Exchange experiences with other NGO's
Present your concerns and priorities to key players at the Districts and National level
Join the Champions of Change virtual mentorship sessions

What does membership include?
As a member you will have access to:
regular e-newsletters on activities and forthcoming events
help in finding a partner for specific projects
resource material on our website
information in the Clearinghouse to share expertise and experiences

Commitment of members

We consider membership a two-way process. It enables you to share your best practices at the National and Regional level while at the same time you can learn from other experiences. Members contribute to and promote HSPN policies and programs in their countries. Membership means commitment for action.We welcome voluntary contributions, financial or in-kind, from members, as we depend on external support to enable the partnership to develop further.

Our partners are "first" and "second" sector organisations that are active in the field of HIV/AIDS in South Africa and/or Africa, including:

National and Regional networks
Governmental organisations
Global networks
International organisations
Universities
Private for profit organisations

Partnership enables you to:

Get more visibility with your partner profile on our website (to present your organisation and its work)
Having opportunities to connect to more than 400 civil society organisation in Africa
Referral hub for your clients to join HSPN peer led virtual support sessions
Opportunity to showcase your work on HSPN quarterly newsletter

If you represent a civil society organisation (non-governmental, faith-based, community-based, patient-based organisation or a professional association or national network) based in one of the African continent and active in the field of HIV/AIDS, you can register as a member of HSPN. Registered members will get a certificate endorsing the memberships with a unique code to use whenever they join sessions/request services

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Champions of Change


This program gives professional  nurses and nursing student (in their final year) an opportunity to shine and bring change in the health system. It also award them an opportunity to attend latest HIV courses so that they can be effective and efficient in their field. Upon completion of the modules or program, alumni will have an opportunity to mentor an organization of their choice closer to where they are and also form part of face to face or virtual discussion meetings to discuss barriers to care and develop improvement plans with an intention to mitigate all health systems challenges. Nursing is a diverse field only if one is open to opportunities presented and willing to learn. Through mentoring local organizations, one would definitely acquire experience making her or him employable to any NGO's locally and regionally. HSPN can write a letter of recommendation when required or be a reference. The same reference letters are key when one apply for scholarships/fellowships/conferences which HSPN is in a position to provide for any alumni.



Client Centered Care


​​​​Clients needs/opinions and satisfaction is key. We inspire and advocate for a shift from a provider centered towards a client centered care. Clients should be treated as partners in their health and social care. Personal reports or experiences are important, HSPN needs them to be able to advocate for change

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Meaningful Involvement of People with Aids

This segment of serodiscordant couples (SDC) is aware of their discordance (that one of them has HIV and the other does not) and have had their relationship disrupted by it in some way. They may be experiencing blame over who brought HIV into the relationship, disconnection around sex, and/or discouragement around conceiving. The discordance has been so disruptive for some that they now face the “discordance dilemma.” They see the avoidance of HIV transmission at odds with preserving their relationship. Other couples endure the discordance out of love and commitment, but the risk of HIV transmission is still disruptive, complicating the things they want and value in their relationship—intimacy and children. For Serodiscordant partners enrolling in PrEP is often perceived as more burdensome than helpful. Bringing up PrEP may resurface undesirable, negative feelings associated with the discordance, such as blame, guilt, and even violence. In visiting an HIV clinic, SDC risk disclosing their discordance to others, and partners without HIV risk being mislabelled as HIV positive. And taking PrEP may bring on undesirable stigma from others. Thus, when SDC compare PrEP to other HIV-prevention tools like condoms, many struggles to be convinced of its relative effectiveness and appeal.

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Elimination of Stigma=Elimination of HIV transmission

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Benefits of Assisted Partner Notification or HIV Status disclosure

The sexual partners and drug injecting partners of people diagnosed with HIV infection have an increased probability of also being HIV-positive . However, partner testing services, including partner notification, for people diagnosed with HIV have not been routinely offered or implemented, therefore, uptake and coverage remains low. The benefits of partner and couples HTS have been well documented, including mutual support to access prevention, treatment and care services, as well as improved adherence and retention in treatment and prevention of mother-to-child transmission programmes . Partner testing also allows those in serodiscordant partnerships to prioritize effective HIV prevention, such as the use of condoms, immediate antiretroviral therapy (ART), medication adherence by HIV-positive partners, and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV-negative partners

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Advantages of HIV couple counselling and testing

Provides a venue for mutual disclosure of HIV status in an environment where support can be provided by a counsellor or health worker. Risk-reduction messages can be tailored depending on the outcome of the test results of both partners. Decisions about prevention, accessing treatment, care and support, and family planning options can be made together. Moreover, through couples testing, the counsellor can help create a safe environment in which the couple can discuss potentially difficult issues, such as sexual agreements. Sexual agreements are mutually agreed upon conditions or limitations about sexual behaviours within and outside of the relationship. Couples HIV testing and counselling provides a forum for open discussion about sexual agreements, with the help of a counsellor. This helps both partners fully understand the agreement which may better protect them from HIV

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How can I be negative if my sexual partner is positive?

There are many factors that determine whether or not someone becomes infected with HIV. There may be one or multiple reasons why you have not been infected with HIV. • HIV viral load The amount of virus in your partner’s blood (viral load) is very important for determining if you become infected or not. The higher the viral load, the greater the chance that you will become infected. • The type of virus The type of HIV that infects one person may be very different to the type that infects another. Some types are more likely to spread. Your partner may be infected with a type that spreads less easily. • Frequency of sexual intercourse The more often you have unprotected sex with someone who is HIV positive, the more likely you are to become infected. • Sexual practices Receptive anal sex carries the highest risk of infection. Women are more likely to become infected during vaginal sex than men. • Male circumcision Men who have been circumcised, i.e. the entire foreskin has been removed, are less likely to become infected with HIV than those who have not.

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Meaningful Involvement of People with Aids

  • The Reeds, Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa