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At 21.9%, Botswana has the third highest HIV prevalence in the world, after Lesotho and Swaziland.1 In 2005, prevalence stood at 25.4%, suggesting some signs of improvement over the last decade.2 Botswana the first country in the region to provide universal free antiretroviral treatment to people living with HIV.Botswana has demonstrated a strong national commitment in responding to its HIV and AIDS epidemic and has become an exemplar for many in sub-Saharan Africa.It was the first country in the region to provide universal free antiretroviral treatment to people living with HIV, paving a path for many other countries in the region to follow.The impact of its treatment programme has been widespread.In 2012, for the first time, key populations including female sex workers and men who have sex with men were included in HIV epidemic surveys, allowing for a better understanding of HIV among these populations.6 As of 2016, Botswana does not have a specific strategy that addresses the needs of key affected populations, although its current National Strategic Framework (NSF) for HIV and AIDS makes reference to ‘all inclusive programming’.7 Currently, HIV prevention programmes are reaching only 44.9 % of these key affected populations.
Many donors have reduced or withdrawn their funding in recent years.
This estimates HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men at 13.1%.
Around 66% reported consistent condom use during anal sex in the last six months, although 60% were not aware that anal sex is associated with higher risks of HIV acquisition.
PEPFAR alone has more than halved its funding, from million in 2011 to million in 2015.5 The HIV epidemic in Botswana is widespread although several key populations are hit hardest by HIV.
There is an increasing effort at a national level to support these key affected populations, but legal and punitive barriers prevail, making HIV prevention and support efforts challenging.