Project Description

Peer supporters support age-matched AYPLHIV and/or serve as near-peers to younger patients. In all cases, the aim is to ensure empathetic support and share positive coping strategies. Most effective peer supporter duties include peer education, basic psychosocial and adherence counseling, and recognizing signs of poor coping and trauma requiring referral to professional support. Peer supporters require training on HIV treatment literacy, sexual and reproductive health and rights, counseling, group facilitation, communication and documentation.