A synthesis of evidence characterizing community-level determinants and their influence on HIV-related outcomes for key populations, this systematic review revealed a limitation of studies conducted that focused on key populations in LMICs. The authors stress the importance of health communication programs, demonstrated to be effective in increasing HIV testing uptake and decreasing the stigma of people living with HIV, that continually measure community-level determinants of HIV risk and more.
This article was part of a special issue of JAIDS: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes that was devoted to health communication and its role in and impact on HIV prevention and care. The authors in this special issue addressed many separate topics in order to introduce a wider biomedical audience to core health communication principles, strategies and evidence of effectiveness.
This article was first published on August 15, 2014, in Volume 66, Supplement 3 of JAIDS.