The Humsafar Trust runs three Targeted Interventions (TIs) supported by NACO-MDACS with an aim to reduce HIV/STI prevalence among Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and TG/ Hijra communities. This projects aim at promoting safer sex practices among MSM and TG groups, improve access to government health care facilities and create enabling environment for MSM/TGs on selected sites of Mumbai district. The focus is on reducing the transmission rates and promoting access to health care and reducing stigma against MSM and TG communities. A total of 7500 MSM and TG clients have been reached out through these TIs. All three TI projects have initiated virtual outreach to tap into the social and sexual networks of clients using mobile based apps and other online platforms.
Project Aarambh was the first HIV intervention project undertaken by Humsafar in the year 1999. The project covers a population of more than 1500 MSMs through outreach sites and has a Drop-in-Centre and Clinic located in Masjid Bunder which provides free STI check-ups and HIV testing during their weekly Saturday workshops. The project also reaches out to 1000 TG/Hijra individuals across Mumbai. The major sites covered by the population from Southern Mumbai.
Project Dostana covers a population of more than 2500 MSM individuals and has a Drop-in-Centre and Clinic located in Kandivali covering sites from Dahisar to Mumbai Central. The project organizes weekly community events on Saturday and also holds free STI check-ups and HIV testing camps
Project Yaraana operates on the harbour and centre line and reaches out to around 2500 MSM individuals and has a Drop-in-Centre and Clinic in Chembur. The major sites covered by the project from Kurla to Mulund.
MTV Staying Alive Foundation (SAF) Project with Yaariyan
The LGBTQ community continues to remain neglected by the society in India due to the presence of the anti-sodomy laws as well as socio – cultural bias against sexual orientation and gender identity. Through its on ground intervention, The Humsafar Trust observes that an increasing number of new HIV infections are among young MSM and transwomen.