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Priorities for Local Aids Control Efforts

Priorities for Local Aids Control Efforts

PLACE is a rapid assessment tool to monitor and improve AIDS prevention program coverage in areas where HIV transmission is most likely to occur. It has been developed in conjunction with MEASURE Evaluation, and is designed to target resources at high risk areas to prevent new HIV and TB infections.

What PLACE does

It systematically identifies gaps in current prevention programs, enhances the local use of these findings to improve program delivery, and monitors program coverage over time. These findings are then used to inform several AIDS control activities and also focus on monitoring behaviour and program coverage. It includes condom distribution, peer health education, access to HIV counselling and testing, treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), harm reduction programs for injecting drug users, and tuberculosis control.

The PLACE survey enables the implementing team to describe knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and practices (KABPs). This includes the sexual behaviour and condom use of youth and older people at the identified sites. It then facilitates the development of education and communication strategies and HIV counselling and testing.


Strategies are specifically aimed at promoting positive behaviours towards identified norms. Stigma and discrimination of children and people living with HIV and infected with TB are addressed. With renewed understanding of HIV and TB, more people volunteer for HIV testing and adhere to their treatment. This is the same for TB.

Our results and those of Measure Evaluation show significant reductions in new and regular sexual partners, increased condom use and reduced sexually transmitted infections in a number of countries where the programme has been implemented.

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