HIV/AIDS Targeted Intervention Project with Transgenders

The third sex as they are referred to, are often looked upon with much curiosity due to their non-confirmative nature, found stuck in a physical body which is alien to them. The transgender community in India and Delhi broadly includes the transvestites, cross dressers, hermaphrodites and hijras (eunuchs). TGs are highly vulnerable to HIV and are also a strategically important group for focusing HIV prevention programmes.  Although not all TGs have many sexual partners, there are sub groups that have many male partners and are high risk, since many of them engage in anal sex.

Shodh is implementing an HIV/AIDS education and prevention project with TGs in Central Delhi. This is funded by the Delhi State AIDS Control Society. The intervention provides a complete package of HIV preventions services for the TG community ranging from Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) messages addressing the high risk behaviour, counselling and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), provision of free condoms and linkages to health facilities for HIV testing and HIV related care & support services.

Health Camps

SHODH conducts regular multi-specialty health camps with the objective of providing basic check-ups and medicines in areas where regular health facilities are not easily accessible. These multi-specialty health camps provide healthcare services to meet the immediate health care needs of the marginalized communities. Health camps typically include general health check ups, screening tests for blood sugar, blood pressure and health counseling. Other facilities are provided as per local needs and availability.


Creating community level forums to share successes and support TB patients

As an addition to its work with communities at high risk of HIV, SHODH also felt the need to work simultaneously on the issue of Tuberculosis. Since TB is the most common opportunistic infection for people living with HIV/AIDS, it is equally important to work on this issue. Although this is a small self-funded intervention of the organisation, it is very critical, as through this, SHODH aims to reach those cases that are not accessing required health intervention or are dropping out and dying due to HIV TB co-infection. SHODH is working on creation of community level forums that share success stories and provide support to TB patients. The volunteers also work to identify and track dropped out TB patients and motivate them to complete the course.