IAWG members are addressing sexual and reproductive rights during COVID-19 humanitarian response. Read More>>


In humanitarian settings the risk of STI and HIV transmission may be higher due to sexual violence, sex work, alcohol, drug use, and limited access to condoms.

  • Maintaining treatment of persons infected with STIs/RTIs and those living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Supporting implementation of best practices to reduce the transmission of STIs and HIV.
  • Advocating around evidence-informed interventions and reducing barriers to implementation.

Why It Matters

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS are large contributors toward global health problems. Humanitarian settings present an increased risk of the spread of STIs and HIV/AIDS. Maintaining or initiating treatment and implementing health measures such as condoms can reduce transmission.

How We Work

Our work on this issue is led by the STIs/HIV/AIDS Sub-Working Group—a dedicated group of IAWG members who set the priorities and advance research, practice, and advocacy for STIs and HIV in humanitarian settings. Learn about their current objectives, priorities, and latest work.

Sub-Working Group

Sexual and reproductive health services remain critical during COVID-19

IAWG members and partners are producing clinical and programmatic guidance, assessments, policy papers, and statements to ensure continued prioritization of sexual and reproductive health and rights throughout COVID-19 response in humanitarian settings.