The StepUP Project provides HIV prevention and harm reduction services to people who inject drugs (PWID) in Pretoria (Tshwane).
StepUP Pretoria is based at the TEN81 clinic in Hatfield, which offers free sexual health and HIV services to key population groups, such as PWID.
Why is StepUP needed?
Drug use plays a major role in the growth of the South African HIV epidemic and PWID are at disproportionately higher risk for HIV infection and onward transmission compared to the general population. It’s widely accepted in South Africa and internationally that PWID should be provided with effective services to stem the tide of HIV transmission.
The following FREE services are offered to PWID in Pretoria at the TEN81 Centre clinic:
- Needle and syringe distribution, collection and disposal;
- HIV counselling and testing;
- Referral for antiretroviral therapy and HIV care and support;
- Prevention of, screening, treatment and/or referral for treatment of STIs;
- Condom and lubricant distribution ;
- Targeted information, education and communication for PWID and their sexual partners;
- Prevention, screening and referral for diagnosis and treatment of TB
- Referral for drug use disorder treatment and OST therapy where these services exist;
- Prevention, screening and testing for hepatitis B and C.
For more information or to set up an appointment, please contact the TEN81 Clinic on 012 430 2081.
StepUP Pretoria is a project of the TB/HIV Care Association, is implemented by OUT LGBT Well-being, and is funded by CDC, PEPFAR and Mainline.