Many population subgroups are considered at high risk of HIV in Nigeria. Among these, female sex workers, injecting drug users, and men having sex with men are classified as Most at Risk Populations (MARPs). Other high risk groups include Transport Workers and Uniformed Service Personnel.
There are also population subgroups that are considered vulnerable with respect to HIV infection and these include young people (age bracket 20 – 39 yrs, especially females), females that are widowed, separated or divorced, people with physical and mental challenges, incarcerated populations and people living in poverty.
Blue Gate Initiative goal is to reduce the incidence of HIV by scaling up implementation of effective HIV and AIDS Prevention Interventions within the context of the National HIV/AIDS Policy and Strategic Framework.
Our objectives are to:
- Promote and scale up HIV counseling and testing, including both client-initiated and provider-initiated HIV counseling and testing;
- Promote and scale up interventions for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV including Early Infant Diagnosis;
- Promote appropriate HIV/AIDS-related behaviour change among the general population and subgroups considered at high risk for HIV infection in Nigeria through Social and Behavioural Change Communication (SBCC) related interventions;
- Increase knowledge about dual protection benefits and promote appropriate use of male, and female condoms as well as lubricants among the general population especially key populations;
- Promote early treatment and strengthen the control of sexually transmitted infections to reduce the risk of HIV transmission; and
- Promote access to Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention Interventions for PLHIV.