In Cote d’Ivoire there are more than 420,000 people living with HIV, of which an estimated 140,000 are on HIV treatment. The countries first-line ARVs are fully funded by the Global Fund and reported to be rarely out of stock. However, with only 31% coverage of people receiving antiretroviral therapy, UNAIDS has identified it as one of three countries in the region that is in dire need of services. In February 2017, Cote d’Ivoire launched the ‘Test and Treat’ protocol, with all health facilities now initiating people on ART as soon as the results of their HIV test are known.
Key populations and people living with HIV in Cote d’Ivoire face significant barriers to accessing prevention, treatment, and care services. Such barriers include stigma and discrimination, lack of knowledge about HIV and treatment services, and economic barriers related to transportation.