The Project Coordinator, Lepheana Mosooane told Metro that the aim of EPOA is to identify new HIV positive cases and to reach those who are harder to reach and are at high risk of getting the disease.
“Finding new HIV positive cases remains a priority to achieve the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) goals,” he said.
This, he showed is done through engaging their peer educators, to engage peer mobilisers, which helps for the saturation of the young population with useful information on how one can stay safe and protected and provide services such as HIV self-testing, Tuberculosis screening, Gender Based Violence (GBV) screening, condom promotion and the distribution of lubricants.
EPOA complements peer outreach by engaging unidentified key population members for HIV prevention, testing and related services, focusing particularly on those who are not found at traditional hot spots. According to DHAOL this is important because technology changes the ways some key population members contact and meet their sexual partners.