Understanding the Unique Facilitators and Barriers Children of Key Populations Face Along the HIV Care Continuum: Overcoming a Triple Burden

Session Date: April 24, 2021

Session Description: Children of key populations (CKP) face a triple burden of challenges associated with their parents as part of key population (KP) groups, increased HIV-risk, and age-specific barriers to engaging in HIV-related services that are not always CKP-inclusive or family-centric. HIV program implementers must understand this population’s unique facilitators and barriers in order to fully engage them in programs aiming to achieve UNAIDS’s global 95-95-95 targets (95% of people living with HIV know their HIV-status, 95% of people who know their status receive HIV-treatment, and 95% of people on HIV-treatment have suppressed viral load). In this session, we will focus on the unique facilitators and barriers children of female sex workers (FSW) experience in relation to each 95, in order to increase awareness of CKP as a most-vulnerable population that programs must seek to safely and ethically engage. During an interactive session, participants will review case studies of family units with children of FSW to focus discussion on their facilitators and barriers and how HIV programs can be inclusive of this population. The Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) project will also share their expertise on facilitators, barriers, and lessons learned from engaging and supporting CKP and their families.