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MenStar

MenStar is a unique coalition of partners founded to address the unique needs of men in the HIV epidemic and expand the diagnosis and treatment of HIV infections in men, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
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MEMBER COMPANIES:
Private Foundation or Development Organization 3
Intergovernmental Organizations and Multilaterals 2
Bilateral development organizations 1
Objectives

MenStar seeks to expand the diagnosis and treatment of men living with HIV, with the goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

MenStar seeks to expand the diagnosis and treatment of men living with HIV, with the goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

Data from UNAIDS and PEPFAR programs around the world shows that we are not adequately reaching at-risk men, particularly those ages 24-35 years, with HIV treatment services. This is endangering men’s own health and helping fuel the spread of HIV among adolescent girls and young women. That is why, PEPFAR and partners seek to reach an additional one million men with treatment and to support over 95% of men ages 24-35 to achieve viral suppression.

At the 2018 International AIDS Conference, the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, launched MenStar, a coalition to expand HIV diagnosis and treatment among men in developing countries. The US$1.2 billion coalition brings together public sector HIV service delivery capacities and private sector consumer-oriented marketing acumen, with partners including PEPFAR, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Global Fund and UNITAID.

Through grant funding, Gilead supports the coalition’s innovative approaches to deliver HIV services to men, in order to increase earlier uptake of HIV testing, linkage to care and viral suppression. MenStar’s strategy utilizes a framework, based on data from MenStar research, to understand the barriers to treatment some men face across the HIV care cascade. Five categories of men within the HIV care cascade were identified: undiagnosed, not linked to care, newly in treatment, lost to follow-up and virally suppressed. To reach men in each of these categories, a core package of services was developed to meet men’s needs across the treatment cascade. Tactics include targeted marketing, application of data analytics, demand creation and supply-side solutions.

Examples of programs focused on men, which use the MenStar approach include:

  • MINA (South Africa)
  • MenConnect (South Africa)
  • Virtually Accelerating Linkage of Men to Reframed HIV Services (VALOR) Initiative (Nigeria)
  • Dablap-CCMDD (South Africa)
  • Somos Iguais (Mozambique)
  • Chukua Selfie (Kenya)

The coalition partners seek to enhance each other’s work and accelerate progress towards achieving the 95-95-95 targets.

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“It was a privilege to be able to launch such an important coalition of global partners as MenStar and for the Elton John AIDS Foundation to play such a pivotal role in its establishment. As a charity, we always try to pioneer new approaches to critical problems, then work with bigger players to optimize their impact. MenStar will give the Elton John AIDS Foundation the chance to do just that, to share learning quickly and complement one another’s activities.”
Sir Elton John
Founder, Elton John AIDS Foundation
“Gilead is proud to join the MenStar Coalition in its efforts to break the cycle of HIV transmission. As a company with a deep heritage in HIV, we know that increasing diagnosis and treatment rates can have a significant impact on helping to improve health and reduce new infections in at-risk communities around the world.”
Gregg Alton
Chief Patient Officer, Gilead Sciences
Results and milestones
  • Since the launch of MenStar in Q4 of 2018, it has reached an additional 3 million men with HIV treatment and of those, 95% are virally suppressed.
Geographic Reach
Disease Area
  • Infectious and Parasitic Disease
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Target Population
  • Men
Partner organizations
Private Foundation or Development Organization
Elton John AIDS
Foundation

Supporting an HIV self-testing campaign aimed at young men in Kenya

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex

Childrens Investment Fund Foundation
(CIFF)

Supporting an HIV self-testing campaign aimed at young men in Kenya

Intergovernmental Organizations and Multilaterals
Unitaid

Supporting an HIV self-testing campaign aimed at young men in Kenya

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and
Malaria

Will work with partners to adapt and learn from each other to more effectively reach men and boys with HIV services

Bilateral development organizations
US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
(PEPFAR)

Will invest in and support programming to reach men with HIV treatment