Project SOAR and partners are building on an ongoing National Institute of Mental Health–funded randomized controlled trial being conducted in South Africa—Community Mobilization for Treatment as Prevention. Specifically, the study aims to strengthen and expand the gender content of the intervention to engage both women and men in critically examining gender norms and power inequalities. This brief presents the particularly timely study that will address a key question in the field as to how gender norms may operate to affect HIV service utilization. Building the evidence base in this area is vital for improving care outcomes as well as creating more equitable gender norms, a gateway variable to a range of positive HIV-related behaviors. There is also a need to better understand these relationships in South Africa, given its generalized HIV epidemic and high levels of gender-based violence.
Project SOAR. 2016. "Does shifting gender norms on the community level lead to increased HIV services uptake?" Activity brief. Washington, DC: Population Council.
Supporting Operational AIDS Research (Project SOAR)