Six nights a week, our outreach teams visits commercial sex workers and members of the LGBT community to offer HIV education, counseling, testing, and referrals. These groups have 6.7% and 10.7% prevalence rates, respectively.
Siempre Unidos staff is known among these communities as supportive and nonjudgmental. Funded for 10 years by Episcopal Relief and Development, this work has dramatically decreased the rate of HIV acquisition among commercial sex workers and by extension their clients and families. Fourteen percent of our initial cohort was HIV+. We now have 1-2 HIV positive results out of more than 500 tests per year.