Key Populations

JSI is dedicated to designing and implementing programs that give health systems the capacity to treat underserved populations, including persons who are affected by punitive laws, regulations, and policies; are severely stigmatized and marginalized; and disproportionately affected by HIV. These key populations include men who have sex with men, transgender persons, sex workers, people who inject drugs, and people in prison. Emphasis is also on vulnerable and bridge populations, including paying and non-paying partners of sex workers, adolescent girls and young women, and migrant/mobile workers.

JSI designs its projects using health as a human right: reducing discrimination and stigma to provide health services for all, espcecially people on the fringes of the global HIV response.

JSI provides gender-affirming, evidence-informed, rights-based, community-owned interventions aimed at reducing HIV risk and vulnerability of key populations, which will in turn reduce the number of new HIV infections among the general population.

Key populations are critical to reaching the ambitious 90-90-90 goals of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS: by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status; 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained ART; and 90% of all people receiving ART will have durable viral suppression.

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Home Based HIV Testing and Counseling in Ethiopia
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Mentor buddies connect peers to HIV services in Uganda
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Tuberculosis strikes the weak in Uganda
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On an island, on treatment: Accessing antiretroviral therapy to manage HIV in the remote Sigulu Islands, Uganda