Egypt: Clinics Help Prevent HIV/AIDS (April 2007)

The social taboos surrounding sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in countries such as Egypt make it difficult to hold open discussions on prevention and treatment. As a result, HIV-positive people are reluctant to seek medical care, infected partners are not treated, and doctors are hesitant to offer advice about HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.

To address this challenge, Egypt's Ministry of Health, in partnership with PEPFAR, has embarked upon a comprehensive program to prevent the spread of STIs, including HIV. The program created national guidelines for STI management, training manuals for frontline service providers, and a chart that details common infections and nationally-available treatments. It also has put in place educational programs addressing high-risk behaviors and prevention and providing information about voluntary counseling and testing services, including a confidential hotline. The program established pilot clinics to offer these services. U.S. Government interagency website managed by the Office of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
and the Bureau of Public Affairs, U.S. State Department.
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