Country of Operation
- Population Services InternationalNot-for-profit
- Nacional HIV/AIDS ProgramGovernment
- PAHOForeign aid agency or multilateral organization
SummaryPASMO/Panama began its operations in 2003 focusing their efforts on sexual health with an emphasis on preventing HIV and sexually transmitted infections, improving the availability of and access to products that promote health, and promoting healthy behaviors through the tools of social marketing.
Key program components
This program is directed at men who have sex with men (MSM), female sex workers (FSW), clients of sex workers-including mobile populations such as transport drivers, and uniformed service members, persons living with HIV (PLWH), and indigenous populations. Message integration utilizes the ABC method-abstinence, be faithful to your partner, and correctly and consistently use condoms-where abstinence is the only method 100% effective in preventing the spread of HIV and STIs. The reduction of partners and correct usage of condoms are promoted as behaviors indispensable for the reduction of the risk of infections. The program also includes empowerment for the respect of human rights and reduction of social stigmas and discrimination.