While HIV is a serious problem affecting both men and women, research has shown that men were less likely to know their HIV status and less likely to access and adhere to HIV treatment. As a result, more men are likely to die of AIDS-related illnesses than women. The society has created a view of masculinity that leads to conflicting emotions in men and ends up stopping them from getting tested. We recognize these emotions and created VALOR to be tailored to their needs and walk with them through the challenges to make the HIV testing and treatment process easier.
Why Men ?
Reaching men with HIV prevention and treatment services is a priority in Nigeria. Very often, men are less likely than women to go to a health provider or clinic especially for HIV testing or treatment if they test positive. Men report a number of reasons for this. For some men, being sick is a sign of weakness and going to a health facility is embarrassing. Some men. avoid health care because they feel like the services are more tailored to women and not him. And often, that’s true. At VALOR we aim to change that. We believe men need and deserve to get quality health services tailored to men. We believe men who get the health services they need are strong. We aim to help men overcome their concerns, their worries and even their fears. We recognize these feeling and we work with men, meeting men where they are to make the HIV testing and treatment process easy.
Reaching Impact, Saturation, and Epidemic Control (RISE) is a 5-year global project funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). RISE works with countries to achieve a shared vision of attaining and maintaining epidemic control, with stronger local partners capable of managing and achieving results through sustainable, self-reliant, and resilient health systems. RISE’s contributions to this work will lead to fewer new HIV infections, decreased HIV-related morbidity and mortality, and increased quality of life for people living with HIV. RISE is led by Jhpiego, together with consortium partners ICAP, ANOVA Health Institute, Management Sciences for Health , BAO Systems, JHU Center for Public Health and Human Rights and Mann Global Health. To learn more about the RISE project, visit us at www.jhpiego.org/RISE
This effort was made possible with support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, through the United States Agency for International Development funded RISE program, under the terms of the cooperative agreement 7200AA19CA00003. The contents are the responsibility of the RISE program and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government