The GSHI of the BC-CfE (Canadian PI: Dr. Putu Duff), together with lead knowledge users from the community in Vancouver, Bali and Buenos Aires, are excited to partner on a new global health community-based research catalyst grant (funded by CIHR) that aims to consult with HIV-affected communities about the ethical implications of scaling up HIV testing and treatment through Treatment as Prevention (TasP) efforts across these varied settings. In Bali, community members from Yayasan Kerti Praja, Melati Group and Yayasan Gaya Dewata will be taking the lead on work there while the Huesped Foundation will be working on the ground in Buenos Aires. Long-time GSHI community partners WISH Drop-in Centre Society and Sex Workers United Against Violence (SWUAV) Society will take the lead locally in Vancouver.
This CBR project will involve consultations with community and policy leads in each site, working with community partners to train peer research associates (PRAs) who will then focus on the most affected groups in their cities, including trans persons, sex workers, and men who have sex with men. The overall aim is to bring to light the ethical concerns and priorities of marginalized populations regarding the real-world implementation of TasP approaches to scale up HIV testing, treatment and care. We look forward to working closely with all partners to move this important work forward!