Celebrating Community Leadership and Action On AIDS
Tehran Positive Club
kehpca_logoTehran Positive Club (Iran) provides positive prevention and psychosocial support with the aim of empowering and developing the capacities of people living with HIV (PLHIV) for the management and improvement of life skills as well as reduction of stigma and discrimination in Iran.


Introduction

Tehran Positive Club was founded with the participation of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in 2006, inspired by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). It is an organization of people living with HIV. Tehran Positive Club set up their goals based on the UNAIDS 90-90-90 Targets and the UNAIDS “Getting to Zero” strategy. Tehran Positive Club considers positive health, dignity and prevention (PHDP) as a package of activities that includes improving and maintaining the dignity of the people living with HIV, to support and augment that individual’s physical, mental, emotional and sexual health as well as creating an enabling environment that will decrease the likelihood of new HIV infections.

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Partners

Profile in Brief
Organisation
Tehran Positive Club
Region
Iran- Western Asia
Field of Work
Elimination of new HIV infections among Prisoners
Strengthen harm reduction programs through educational classes
Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT)
Treatment, care and support
Populations Served
Young people in prisons
People who use drugs
Sex workers
Transgender
Men who have Sex with Men (MSM)
Migrants
Founded
2006
Staff
10 Full-time staff - 5 Part-time staff, 147 volunteers.
  • United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
  • Health and Treatment Office of Iranian Prisons Organization
  • Iranian Research Center for HIV/AIDS (IRCHA)
  • Islamic Azad University, Tehran Medical Sciences Branch
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of Iran
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS)
  • Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM)


Successes

  • For 10 years now, Tehran Positive Club has been delivering services to people living with HIV, persons affected by HIV, and people in the community as well as the prisoners by providing equality to prisoners who are at risk of HIV, especially those with a history of injecting drug use. Services are delivered especially to people engaging in high risk behaviors, such as having unprotected sexual activities when affected by drugs. People living in situations of lower condom availability, limited access to health care, poverty and homelessness also increase their risk of HIV transmission.
  • Under the supervision of Health and Treatment Office of Iranian Prisons Organization and with collaboration of other partners, Tehran Positive Club participated in the HIV programs of a large prison including diagnosis, care and treatment and prevention from October 2013 to June 2014, where all prisoners were taken first to reception and identification unit and sent to two housing units according to their legal status
  • Another great success was the use of directly observed therapy (DOT) for antiretroviral treatment (ART) which was started in prisons. Tehran Positive Club provides prevention services in addition to increasing coverage of antiretroviral treatment and promotion of adherence to treatment including safer sex education and condom distribution by holding educational sessions as face to face training and distribution of brochures and pamphlets as well as providing condoms in the prison triangular clinic to be accessible for the inmates and the staff.
  • Other great successes for the Club included: referring of people with high risk behaviors to Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) centers and holding educational workshops, particularly for young people.

Contact

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Address: Keshavarz Blvd.
Tehran, Iran 1419733141
Tel: +98 21 66 94 79 84