All available media and social networks can be used to raise awareness and provide background information about an advocacy issue.

You can use the well-documented successes from your own and other CBVCTs in advocacy, e.g. data showing high detection rates of HIV infections and high rates of successful linkage to care. These two variables are the key data points for convincing public health decision makers, as they are core parts of the continuum of care for HIV.

Other strategies to represent the community, participate in policy making/changing decisions, and achieve better access to services are:

  • Asking for inclusion in committees, advisory groups and consultations
  • Building professional relationships with policy and decision makers
  • Building partnerships and networks with other organisations advocating for related change
  • Recruiting people who have influence on policy and decision makers as allies.

The ILGA manual on LGBT rights advocacy is a useful resource in this area: