About the LGBTI Populations and HIV Prevention Toolkit

What is the purpose of this toolkit?This toolkit contains various types of resources to help strengthen, support, and address the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community in HIV prevention, care and support initiatives. It also focuses on various policy related resources addressing the political landscape and human rights approaches to LGBTI issues.Who developed this toolkit?The LGBTI toolkit was developed by the Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs, K4Health Project. Individuals from other organizations also contributed their experience and expertise to review the toolkit and ensure its relevance and usefulness, including: Samuel Matsikure - Gays and Lesbians of ZimbabweWho are the publishers of the resources?Resources selected for inclusion in this toolkit were published by the following organizations working throughout the world to promote evidence-based best practices and improve the delivery of health services.

  • AIDS Accountability
  • Desmond Tutu Foundation
  • Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ)
  • Swedish International Development Cooperating Agency (SIDA)
  • Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
  • OUT LGBTI Wellbeing
  • International HIV/AIDS Alliance
  • Positive Vibes Trust
  • Outright Namibia
  • CDC
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
  • Human Rights Watch
  • World Bank
  • Global Forum on MSM and HIV

What types of resources are included?The resources were selected based on a wide search for relevant published and grey literature from around the world, with a focus on the HIV and SRH needs of LGBTI in health and gender programming. The toolkit contains:

  • Programming guides, best practices, and other tools to support service providers, programmers and decision makers to integrate and strengthen LGBTI needs in HIV and SRH service provision,
  • Research articles and case studies on the needs of the LGBTI community with regards to HIV, the impact of the socio and political discrimination on LGBTI ability to access HIV prevention, care and treatment, and effective interventions in support of LGBTI HIV and SRH needs,
  • Various publication formats including books, manuals, briefs, case studies, fact sheets, project reports, reviews, teaching and training materials, tools, and presentations.

Who are the intended audiences?

  • Service providers will find information and training guidelines on the SRH needs of the LGBTI community and how to support these,
  • Programme implementers and managers will find research, information and programming tools on the role of the LGBTI community in the HIV response and how to integrate this into SRH and HIV programming, as well as policy guidance to support LGBTI advocacy campaigns,
  • Policymakers will find research and policy guidance that will help them understand and support the human rights needs of the LGBTI community.

We invite you to suggest resources or adapt the resources in this toolkit to suit your local circumstances and languages.How do I get started using this toolkit?To browse the content of this toolkit, use the navigation tabs on the right to view resources related to key program topics. Each tab includes a list of a number of high-quality resources selected by the LGBTI Toolkit Working Group, further organized by sub-topic. Click on the title of the resource for more information about it, or click on the full-text link to get direct access to the full resource.Some of the tools are readily available in an adaptable format (for example, Microsoft Word documents and PowerPoint presentations). We encourage you to alter and personalize these tools for your own use. (Please remember to credit the relevant sources). If you do use these tools or adapt them, we would love to hear from you. Please let us know through the HIV and Gender SHARE group.How can I suggest a resource to include in this toolkit?We invite you to contribute to evolving and enhancing this toolkit. If you have developed or use quality resources that you think should be included in this toolkit, please suggest them through the HIV and Gender SHARE group. The toolkit collaborators will review and consider your suggestions.How can I make a comment or give feedback?If you have comments about the toolkit, please join the HIV and Gender SHARE group. This is your interactive space where you can provide continuous feedback about the toolkit. Your feedback will help to ensure the toolkit remains up-to-date and is continually improved. The LGBTI group is also where you can exchange information with other toolkit users. For example, you can share ideas about how you have used the toolkit in your work so that others can learn from and adapt your experiences.