Innovative HIV prevention services for asylum seekers

Amanda Jayne Mason-Jones, Wellington Moyo, Ellen Hill

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Abstract

Undiagnosed HIV remains a problem in the UK with rates of late diagnosis in some communities particularly high. Late diagnosis can significantly reduce the benefits of HIV treatment and lead to early death. The combined stigma of HIV and being a member of a migrant group meant that services and the intervention needed to be provided sensitively. The projected provided an opportunity for producing sustainable resources in various languages which have the potential to benefit future interventions by HIV support agencies in the UK working with similar populations. Those who attended the project reported positive change of attitudes towards HIV. This resulted in about a third testing for HIV and many of whom increasing condoms uptake, especially members of African communities.Knowledge of HIV increased substantially after the HIV awareness training sessions. The mean knowledge score for the group as a whole before the sessions was 4.62 out of a possible 7 (SD 2.29) whilst after the sessions it was 6.45 out of 7 (SD 1.66). This demonstrated a statistically significant mean increase in knowledge score of 1.83 (95% CI 1.43, 2.23) at the <000.1 level.The key learning from this project was that the delivery of HIV awareness training sessions in a range of languages to newly arrived asylum seekers and refugees can be effective in engaging these populations, increasing their knowledge and changing their attitudes. Sharing information that HIV support was free to everyone regardless of their immigration status contributed to high attendance of people from various backgrounds.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPublic Health England 2018
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sept 2018
EventPublic Health England Annual Conference 2018 - University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Sept 201812 Sept 2018

Conference

ConferencePublic Health England Annual Conference 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityCoventry
Period11/09/1812/09/18

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