Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention: Engaging people living with HIV in prevention


Positive health, dignity and prevention (PHDP) engages people who know they are living with HIV in prevention. It involves supporting HIV-positive people to learn and practice how to live healthily and minimize the risks of spreading the virus to others. The technical brief reviews PHDP-related activities that: (1) Enable HIV-positive individuals to be physically and mentally healthy through a focus on ART and healthy living ; (2) Prevent further transmission of HIV through: early disclosure; correct and consistent condom use by sero-discordant couples; ART; prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT); and screening and treatment of sexually transmitted infections; and (3) Recognize the value of involving people living with HIV in prevention activities, leadership, and advocacy.

This technical brief is part of a series of briefs on priority HIV prevention topics developed by MSH’s Building Local Capacity for Delivery of HIV Services in Southern Africa Project (the BLC Project) and the Southern African Development Community. They were written based on insights gained from a review of the HIV prevention literature commissioned by the BLC Project in 2011, scientific developments presented at the XIX International AIDS Conference in July 2012, as well as recent World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS publications.