FHI 360 is collaborating with the Ministry of Health to conduct a behavioral and biological surveillance survey (BBSS) of HIV/sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among high-risk populations. As the lead technical partner, FHI 360 helps the Ministry of Health in mapping and size-estimation activities in Botswana’s first national study of female sex workers and men who have sex with men. FHI 360 conducted the survey in three districts: Francistown, Gaborone and Kasane.
Findings from the study will provide baseline information on HIV prevalence, HIV incidence and STI (chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis) rates among the two target populations, as well as detailed data on HIV-related risk behaviors and access to health services. The results are expected to have an important influence on health policies and programs and will be released in the summer of 2013.