Population Size Estimation of Men Who Have Sex with Men in Georgia, 2014

Curatio International Foundation together with Center for Information and Counseling on Reproductive Health TANADGOMA implemented the survey project which aims to plan preventive interventions targeting high risk group and estimating the population size of Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM).

According National center for disease control and public health 4,131People living with HIV (PLWH) were officially registered by the end of 2013. The number of newly registered is 490 in 2013 and compare to 2012decreased by 7%.
Georgia is among low HIV prevalence (0.07%) countries. The HIV epidemic is primarily restricted to the most-at-risk populations (MARP). Among newly registered HIV cases heterosexual transmission mode is the first route 49%; the share of drug use is the second 35% and the third is homosexual route of transmission 13% according to the national HIV surveillance system.The findings of the last Bio-BSS conducted in 2012 among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Tbilisishowed that, HIV prevalence among MSM is 13%.

Preventive interventions targeting this high risk group are implemented in the country, however for adequate planning and scaling-up of preventive interventions estimation of the MSM size is critical. Due to absence of this information in the country accurate coverage of preventive interventions is challenging as well.

The current study is supported by Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. International experts are invited to participatein the survey design development and results analysis.

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