Background: STIHIV voluntary counselling and testing is key element for behavior change, entry to treatment, care, and support for vulnerable group population. Aim of the project was to increase STIHIV prevention, diagnostic and treatment among commercial sex workers (CSW) ,drug users (DU), men have sex with men(MSM) and former prisoners (FP) in Lviv region. Project was financed by International HIVAIDS Alliance in Ukraine and implemented by Charitable Salus Foundation and Lviv Regional AIDS Center.
Methods: STI/HIV counselling, testing for HIV , Chlamydia, Syphilis using immunoassay, and Gonorrhea testing using bacteriological culture method were used for the intervention. DU, CSW, MSM,FP had an opportunity to pass all tests and counselling in three cities of Lviv region ( Lviv, Drogobych and Struy) in governmental medical institutions free of charge.
Results: During 1 July 2012 till 30 September 2013 8920 risky behavior representatives passed HIVSTI councelling and HIV test (208 positive results), 163 tests for Syphilis were made( 12 positive results ), 128 Chlamidia tests(46 positive results ), 1212 Gonorrhea tests ( 139 positive results)
Conclusions: Target oriented programs for vulnerable toward STIHIV population are very important. Multisectoral services consisting of social medical and psychological parts, cost effective, specially developed for the target groups are needed and should be implemented in Lviv region for decreasing the STI rate among CSW, DU, MSM and FP in future.