CHARISMA: 'To empower women to be safe while using the vaginal ring'

The charisma intervention pilot integrated delivery of HIV prevention with relationship skills building and intimate partner violence (IPV) counseling for women at the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI) in Johannesburg, South Africa. Beginning in June 2016, CHARISMA lay counselors conducted relationship assessments with women using the vaginal dapivirine ring for HIV prevention in the MTN-025 (HOPE) study.

This photo story documents the process of implementing the CHARISMA intervention pilot, and includes quotes from the counselors and trainers involved in community outreach.

The CHARISMA intervention was found to be acceptable and feasible to providers and participants in the pilot study and will be further tested in an oral PrEP demonstration project starting in mid-2018.

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