HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections

The risk of HIV transmission increases in humanitarian settings for many reasons. Factors that contribute to this heightened risk can include:

  • Disruption of family and social structures
  • Sexual interaction with military
  • Economic vulnerability of women and young people
  • Commercial sex work
  • Sexual violence and coercion
  • Psychological trauma
  • Lack of access to reproductive health care
  • High prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Disruption of HIV treatment regimens

Quality reproductive health, family planning, and HIV information and services can help prevent the spread of HIV and ensure those living with HIV have access to lifesaving treatment and supportive care. This section of the Toolkit offers guidelines and tools for addressing STIs, HIV, and AIDS in humanitarian settings. Do you have a comment, or would you like to suggest an HIV or STI prevention or treatment resource for inclusion in this Toolkit? Please fill out our feedback form.