MPhil study projects

HIV testing interventions to reach men: Case study Movement for Change and Social Justice (Cape Town)

Student: Jean Jacques Kalamba Mangole Klauze

Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo

The reluctance of men to access HIV services is often attributed to masculinity norms, lack of male-centred interventions and occupational constraints. Risky sexual behaviours, such as multiple partners and unprotected intercourse, are prevalent, leading to consequences like alcohol abuse and sexually transmitted infections, particularly among men unaware of their HIV status.

This study examines HIV testing interventions targeting men in Cape Town, spearheaded by the Movement for Change and Social Justice (MCSJ). Initiatives such as after-hours clinics in Khayelitsha and partnerships with NGOs like the Sonke Gender Justice Wellness Centre have contributed to increased male participation in HIV testing.

The MCSJ employed community-based interventions, including home-based and mobile testing, tailored to the specific needs of men, which enhanced testing coverage efficiency. This case study presented insights from community health workers, demonstrating how community-based interventions have successfully engaged men in HIV testing, increasing participation by over half of the tested population.