The HIV prevalence rate in Peru is 0.3%. Like many countries in Latin America, marginalised and stigmatised groups are bearing the brunt of the epidemic – for example in 2016, 15.2% of men who have sex with men (MSM) were living with HIV in Peru.
We work with Via Libre in Peru to promote access to health services for everyone, particularly those most at risk of HIV infection. Via Libre’s work is based on respect for human rights, sexual diversity and gender equality, and ensuring that those in need of prevention information and treatment get it. Over 3,500 MSM received prevention services through Via Libre in 2017.
Via Libre also have an HIV clinic and family planning centre which offer testing, treatment and psycho-social support. They also have a laboratory to provide HIV test results onsite, and a pharmacy which sells antiretroviral drugs. In 2017, Via Libre provided over 2,500 people with HIV treatment care and support, and piloted innovative methods for treatment adherence. They also developed an app aimed at strengthening health providers’ up-to-date HIV knowledge and a video about differentiated treatment for adolescents living with HIV.
Vía Libre conducts behavioural and epidemiological research and clinical trials, as well as research into treatment adherence, information and communications technology and cervical screening for women living with HIV in Peru. In 2017, they published two articles in peer-reviewed journals around the experiences of MSM and transgender women in Peru.
Through its CRAT center, Via Libre provides technical assistance to Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries in relation to the Global Fund transition from the continent; many LAC countries have reached the middle-income status and are no longer eligible for Global Fund money. In 2017, Via Libre provided technical support to 26 community-based organisations.