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The components of UPSACS:

Targeted Interventions

Targeted Interventions (TI) are a specific set of intervention in HIV/AIDS Control Programmes meant specifically to reach out to groups seen to practice high-risk behavior (HRG). High Risk Behaviour Groups (HRGs) are divided into:

Core Groups comprising of:

  • Female Sex Workers (FSW),
  • Injecting Drug Users (IDUs),
  • Men having Sex with Men (MSM)

Targeted Interventions are implemented through partner NGOs/CBOs. The goal of NACP-3 is to saturate coverage of high-risk groups through TIs. It is estimated that if 80% of the high risk groups are reached, it would effectively lead to saturation coverage of HRGs.KD

Apart from the above mentioned core groups, interventions are also being carried out for groups of bridge population, viz.:

  • Truckers,
  • Migrants,

Reaching to other vulnerable populations through Link Workers Scheme
The Link Worker Scheme (LWS) aims to saturate the reach of the HIV related services to the high risk groups based in the rural areas. As per the HSS 2007, it was identified that 57% of the PLHIV in India are estimated to be living in rural areas. This reinforced the requirement of an intensive rural based intervention for reaching the marginalized groups which remain uncovered even after the expansion of urban based prevention programmes. The LWS aims to address the complex needs of the rural HIV prevention, care and support requirements through