Papua new Guinea: an innovative strategy to raise self-esteem of sex workers in Port Moresby, Papua new Guinea, and to promote safer sex practices with clients
Elly, J.; Aisa, M.; Ananag, J.; Janet, P.; Rabia, M.
Pacific Aids Alert Bulletin 19: 17
This paper describes an innovative strategy implemented by the TRANSEX Plus Project (TPP) in Papua New Guinea. TPP was created as a response by the government to the rapid increase of HIV-infected individuals throughout the country as reported by the ethnographic study that was conducted in 1994. Since TPP is an intervention research project, it utilized the peer education approach to educate transport workers and sex workers to become peer educators in HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted disease prevention. Also, the peer education approach helps sustain any positive behavior change by providing the information to maintain the change. The activities carried out by the program, proved to be successful as indicated by the behavioral change that took place among the target groups by the increased condom use and increased visits to the project center.