Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

MS in Physician Assistant Studies (PA)


Physician Assistant Studies

First Advisor

Vanessa Bester


Since the early 1980s, people living with HIV/AIDs (PLHIV) in Latin America have been struggling with access to care and being discriminated against. According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), at the end of 2012 it was estimated that 1.5 million people were living with HIV in Latin America. Although countries in Latin America share many similarities, there are profound differences that make it difficult to generalize which approach is most applicable. While there is limited evidence on the effectiveness of combination prevention programs, the approach seems promising because programs are designed to be tailored to the needs of a specific community or country. Additional strategies to expand coverage and more research evaluating the efficacy of interventions is needed.