Sri Lanka continues to have very low HIV prevalence. In low prevalence settings, the focus of HIV prevention programs should be the most-at-risk populations (MARPs). Data on HIV prevalence amongst MARPs in Sri Lanka is limited, with the exception of female sex workers. Prevalence among the latter is also low. However, data collected in the first Behavioral Surveillance Survey (BSS) of October 2006 through March 2007 indicate relatively high levels of risk behavior amongst MARPs. If these groups are not adequately addressed, Sri Lanka will be vulnerable to an increase in HIV infections. Sri Lanka has a narrowing window of opportunity to forestall the spread of HIV among high-risk groups.
Note – referred IMF (International Monetary Fund) web site