HIV Testing Among Key Populations in the Dominican Republic
Funded by: MAC AIDS Fund
Project dates: April 2015 - October 2016; February 2018 - February 2019
Principal Investigator: Guilamo-Ramos, Vincent

Interventions are needed to lower HIV risk behavior and to increase HIV testing and linkage to care among key populations at highest risk for HIV acquisition and transmission. One of these key populations are sex workers. The overall goal of the project is to increase HIV testing uptake among sex workers in tourism areas of the Dominican Republic. The project has implemented a comprehensive HIV testing and risk reduction intervention that addresses major barriers to testing and linkage to care. A novel community participatory model is being used to train sex workers to serve as community health workers to conduct outreach and deliver the program. The study will train additional community health workers and assess the efficacy of the program. Increasing HIV testing rates and protective health behaviors among sex workers in the Dominican Republic will add to efforts to reduce HIV transmission, and improve the quality of life for those living with HIV.

Related Publications
Tan D, Holloway IW, Gildner J, Jauregui JC, Garcia Alvarez R, Guilamo-Ramos V (2017).
Alcohol use and HIV risk within social networks of MSM sex workers in the Dominican Republic
AIDS and Behavior, 21 (Suppl 2), 216-227. doi: 10.1007/s10461-017-1896-1. PMCID: PMC5660652.