Strengthening HIV prevention among most-at-risk populations (MARPs) in the Syrian Arab Republic
This report presents data on the first Bio-behavioral HIV Surveillance Survey (IBBSS) among most at risk population in Syria, using respondent-driven sampling (RDS) methodology between 2013-2014.
The MARP included: prisoners (n=400), Female Sex Workers (FSW) (n=400), men having sex with men (MSM) (n=400) and intravenous drug users (n=394). The data was collected in four main areas in Syria known to be the most heavily populated, urbanized and to which the majority of the population from other governorates fled to because of the current conflict, these are: Damascus, Suburbs of Damascus, Tartous, Lattakia.
The survey was conducted between Nov., 2013- Sept., 2014. The survey aimed at assessing the prevalence of HIV, Hepatitis B & C by collecting biological specimens, as well as to analyzing relevant risk-taking behaviors in this most- at-risk population