LINKAGES project in India aims at accelerating the ability of governments and organizations working with key populations at risk of HIV to plan and implement services that reduce HIV transmission among key populations and their sexual partners and extend the lives of those already living with HIV.
Yes4me is an integrated virtual service delivery platform funded by USAID and PEPFAR, and implemented through Project ACCELERATE, under the aegis of NACO.
It has successfully engaged with online populations that are hard to reach, vulnerable and are at risk for HIV, providing them information, support and access to HIV testing and treatment though private and public facilities.
This is achieved with the help of a well-trained team of sexual health managers who provide counselling and linkage support to clients across India.
With the inception of ACCELERATE, which is implemented by Johns Hopkins University, YRGCARE, Blue Lotus Advisory and The Fenway Institute, Yes4me continues to evolve into a one stop shop service delivery platform online, expanding its reach to high risk groups through innovative approaches for HIV testing, prevention, treatment and retention.
Currently, Yes4me is active in 23 cities of India.
Yes4me was launched in 2018 under the LINKAGES project funded by PEPFAR/USAID and was implemented by FHI 360 till 30 September 2019.
Yes4Me is made possible with the help of USAID and PEPFAR funding to the LINKAGES India project. The LINKAGES India team held a series of consultations with the community to identify the gaps in reaching populations with services online. Yes4me was made to bridge these gaps and provide access to HIV related services to all online.
Throughout your use of Yes4Me, you will be asked questions to help you learn about your risk for HIV. Your phone number will enable us to keep in touch with you for any support or information regarding HIV related services that you might require. Your phone or computer will ask you if you can supply your geographic location information, which is used to determine the clinics closest to you.
Note that the data collected in this app is for program purposes and will not be used to determine your identity. When this app requests your location data, risk data, or testing data, it will only be used to guide our recommendations for you, to give you the best possible clinic options and to understand overall reach of this system online. We will ensure confidentiality and anonymity of your data.
If you would prefer to talk to a health outreach person who is trained to talk about peoples’ sexual health questions, we suggest that you call one of the outreach workers who work with Yes4Me and the LINKAGES project:
Rohan Raj 9136661433
Ravi Singh 9769198109
Akshay Borade 9136661418
Rishi Goyal 9136390199
Or, you can contact experts by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The easiest way to find HIV testing services is by going through the steps of the Yes4Me app. After you answer the questions and learn about your risk, you will see a button to make a reservation for testing. You are shown the clinics nearest to you and you can set up a reservation to go.
Other services like prevention, treatment or any other sexual health information, please contact out ORW and counselors listed above who will help you connect to services near you.
You can learn more about HIV from many organizations that provide information on the Internet:
The World Health Organization has a useful page with information about HIV/AIDS
India’s National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) has a clear list of frequently asked questions about HIV/AIDS
Thanks to better treatments, people with HIV can live long and healthy lives. Read the following resources to learn how:
A simple intro to living a healthy life with HIV is found at the NACO’s Living with HIV/AIDS page.
Also the US Center for Disease Control provides valuable information at its Living with HIV page.
Client confidentiality is extremely important at Yes4Me. Our trained management, outreach and counselling staff carefully support clients and handle their information securely. Our clinical partners are NABL accredited (National accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories) and follow the 2019 HIV Act to protect people living with HIV and the health information of people accessing HIV services. Here we explain what data may be collected on Yes4Me, how we use that data, and our protocol for protecting the confidentiality of our clients and their information.
What information do I share with Yes4Me?
You may share some information with Yes4Me’s to assess your HIV and sexual health needs and book services at our clinical partners.
Assessing your HIV and sexual health needs
Use the risk assessment to receive HIV and sexual health service recommendations that are tailored to your needs. The risk assessment will ask questions about your HIV testing history, current HIV status and several factors that may impact your sexual health needs, like gender, sexuality, and several HIV risk factors. This information provides you with the most relevant service recommendations. We routinely use this data to help us ensure we reach all populations and improve our outreach and service delivery. Your responses on the risk assessment are kept confidential and are not shared with the Yes4Me client support team and not shared with our clinical partners.
Use the appointment booking feature to find HIV and sexual health services near you and book an appointment for a day and time that is convenient for you. Using Yes4Me you can book services at private labs, private providers, or receive support to be linked to public services. When you book an appointment, you may share your GPS location (optional), age (in years), name or nickname, phone number, and the services you would like to receive during your appointment. Your phone number enables us to provide pre and post-test HIV counseling and help link you to any follow-up prevention or treatment services. If you enable location sharing with Yes4Me, our clinical service offerings will be prioritized to show you the nearest services first. If you refuse to share your location, you can simply choose your city and neighborhood where you would like to find service offerings.
What information does Yes4Me share with clinical providers?
Yes4Me shares some information with clinical providers to help facilitate your appointment. This includes the information you enter to book an appointment on Yes4Me like your name/nickname, phone number, services requested, date and time of appointment. This data is used to confirm your appointment and to verify when you reach the clinic or when the home collection staff reach you. Your responses on the risk assessment are not shared with clinics.
What information do clinical partners share with Yes4Me?
To facilitate secure data sharing and reporting, Yes4Me signs a memorandum of understanding (an “agreement) with all our clinic partners which binds the clinics to maintain absolute confidentiality and treat client data with extreme sensitivity. This agreement allows us to share your appointment information with clinical partners and for clinical partners to securely report to Yes4Me when you access services and report your diagnostic test results. The test results are secured at a password protected system and only accessed by a data manager for reporting and improving our services. It also ensures that we reach populations most in need of HIV services and ensure that follow-up prevention, testing and treatment services can be offered to every client requesting services on Yes4Me. You can choose whether to share your diagnostic test results with Yes4Me counselor during the post- test counseling call, which will help the counselor to provide you relevant services and recommendations.