The background

There are an estimated 120,000 people living with HIV in Guinea-Conakry, with approximately 35% accessing antiretroviral therapy (ART). Since 2010, new HIV infections have increased by 11% . Health registers do not disaggregate data by key populations. This is a reflection of a widespread belief that key population communities do not use healthcare services – despite UNAIDS data that estimates 14.2% and 56.6% prevalence among sex workers and men who have sex with men, respectively.

The problem

Key populations and people living with HIV in Guinea Conakry face significant social, cultural and institutional barriers to accessing the services they want and need. In particular, stigma and discrimination from family, friends, and healthcare providers deters communities from getting tested and starting treatment. Pregnant women also face challenges in accessing services when they are required to have their husbands’ permission to do so.

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