UNAIDS / KAZAKHSTAN HIV PREVENTION

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In Kazakhstan, new HIV infections have risen recently among people who inject drugs and men who have sex with men. Recognizing the urgency, community members took action. Because of stigma in the country, accessing PrEP- a preventive treatment for people at risk of HIV- has been a challenge. UNAIDS

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STORY: UNAIDS / KAZAKHSTAN HIV PREVENTION
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SOURCE: UNAIDS
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LANGUAGE: RUSSIAN / NATS

DATELINE: NOVEMBER 2023, ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN


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1. Various shots, Almaty mountains and radio tower
2. Street shot people walking
3. Young people in street
4. Med shot, Artem Lebedev, Director of Community Friends, NGO that provides HIV prevention services to LGBTQ+ as well as psychosocial support, getting a coffee
5. Med shot, Artem entering his office, hanging his coat
6. Close up, Community Friends recognition and poster
7. Artem discussing a client with a co-worker in Community Friends office
8. Side shot Artem with work colleague, Community Friends logo in background
9. Wide shot exterior of National AIDS Center
10. Close up, sign of National AIDS Center, Almaty, Kazakhstan
11. Med shot, Artem discussing with Dr. Anarkhan Nurkerimova, the Deputy chief physician at the National AIDS Center
12. Med shot, Artem and Dr. Nurkerimova
13. Close up, Artem and Dr. Nurkerimova
14. Close up, HIV prevention poster “Leave your partner’s contact details so we can invite him or her for an HIV test.”
15. Med shot, Dr. Nurkerimova chatting with fellow doctor
16. Med shot, fellow doctor answers Dr. Nurkerimova
17. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Dr Anarkhan Nurkerimova, Deputy Chief Physician, National AIDS:
“At the beginning we had to talk about this pill separately with the doctor and then the nurse and then the NGO and then we got together again...and we had discussions and step by step we hashed out a working model of the prep programme and now we have a good partnership and we trust each other.”
18. Med shot, Vildamir walking in National AIDS Center going to get prescription for PrEP
19. Med shot, Vildamir and a Doctor
20. Close up, prescription
21. Med shot, Vildamir takes prescription
22. Med shot, Vildamir walks to in-house pharmacy
23. Med shot, Waits at counter and is handed pill bottle of PrEP – preventive HIV pill for people at risk of HIV
24. Close up, of pill bottle
25. Med shot, Vildamir exiting National AIDS Center
26. Wide shot, walking along street
27. Side shot Male Patient with nurse at National AIDS Center
28. Close up, head of male patient with two nurses at desks
29. Med shot, Other male patient walking in consultation room following a nurse
30. SOUNDBITES (Russian) Vildamir, person picking up PrEP:
“First I learned that prep was going to be available in Kazakhstan, I started searching how to get it and found (NGO) community friends and with their help I started taking prep.”
31. Close up, rainbow sign
33. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Artem Lebedev, Director, Community Friends NGO:
“Before we had people running to get prep by themselves, now convincing clients requires a huge amount of work with every client and that means we have to be more pro-active.”
34. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Artem Lebedev, Director, Community Friends NGO:
“It’s not just about giving a referral and telling the client to go there... Case management is a complex service. We provide all services and also take client’s hand and take them to the clinic and get hiv testing, consultation with the doctor and help them get their medicine.”
35. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Aliya Bokazhanova, Community Support Officer in Kazakhstan, UNAIDS:
“In Kazakhstan as in other countries of the region, the HIV epidemic is rising especially among men who have sex with men who are highly stigmatised and who avoid seeking health care services and here the leadership role of communities is huge. The partnership between community organisations and the government allows us to keep the epidemic under control.”


STORYLINE:
In Kazakhstan, new HIV infections have risen recently among people who inject drugs and men who have sex with men. Recognizing the urgency, community members took action. Because of stigma in the country, accessing PrEP- a preventive treatment for people at risk of HIV- has been a challenge.

Despite PrEP being available free of charge at the National AIDS Center (funded by the government), many clients did not want to go or be seen there. Artem Lebedev, Director of Community Friends, an NGO that provides HIV prevention and psychosocial support to LGBTQI+ members, follows each patient like a case worker.

The NGO calls clients, accompanies them to the clinic, follows up and eases any fears about the treatment or other issues. In the case of Vildamir, he was afraid to go to the National AIDS Center. After some convincing by Community Friends, he now goes alone regularly to pick up PrEP.

Dr. Anarkhan Nurkerimova, the Deputy chief physician at the National AIDS Center, explains, "PrEP became available in Almaty as part of a combined approach to HIV prevention. The 'prevention package' includes regular HIV testing, screening for sexually transmitted infections, and counseling.”

The aim: prevent HIV transmission and promote overall sexual health. HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men in Kazakhstan is 6.9 percent vs 0.3 percent among the general population.

She has worked closely with Community Friends because without the NGO she would have few patients, and without her, they would not get the full prevention package including PrEP. Since the PrEP programme launch in 2021, more than 3000 people have enrolled in the treatment in Kazakhstan.

On World AIDS Day, 1 December, UNAIDS is urging governments across the world to fully support grassroot leadership across the world to lead the fight to end AIDS. A new report by UNAIDS, Let Communities Lead, shows that AIDS can be ended as a public health threat by 2030, but only if communities on the frontlines are funded and barriers to their leadership roles are removed.

Global HIV statistics: 39m people globally were living with HIV in 2022; 1.3m people became newly infected with HIV in 2022; 630 000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses last year; 29.8m people were accessing antiretroviral therapy in 2022; 85.6m people have become infected with HIV and 40.4m people have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the start of the epidemic; In Kazakhstan, HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men is 6.9 percent vs 0.3 percent among the general population in 2022.
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