Wednesdays are for jargon

I’m bringing back a feature from years ago. Every Wednesday I’ll unpack some development jargon for you.

HIV jargon

PEPFAR – President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, an anti-AIDS program started by George W. Bush.

Key Populations (KPs) – people who are at a higher risk for getting AIDS. PEPFAR considers these populations to be people who inject drugs, gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender persons and sex workers. USAID reference on key populations | US State Department reference | e-learning courses on key populations

Most At Risk Populations (MARPs) – the UN term for key populations.

Concentrated Epidemic – UNAIDS has a very good definition of this one, “HIV prevalence is high enough in one or more sub-populations, such as men who have sex with men, injecting drug users, or sex workers and their clients to maintain the epidemic in that sub-population, but the virus is not circulating in the general population.” UNAIDS explanation of epidemic scenarios