We have been working with truck drivers (and allied community members) on HIV and STI risk and vulnerability reduction using a number of dialogue-based methods. These methods employed by and for truck drivers themselves, include interpersonal communication (IPC) and a form of participatory theatre called "Magnet Theatre" (MT). You can read more about this form of theatre here: http://chp.community.officelive.com/Documents/Theatre%20for%20Dialo...
To request a video on MT, please write to me.
A dear friend and colleague Madiang, who is based at PATH in Kenya is a master trainer in magnet theatre; and is one of the key trainers of the truck driver community that we work with here in Delhi. Members of the community have now taken up MT on their own; and continue to conduct performances across Delhi and at Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar (SGTN) where some of our trained MT peformers and CHP's team members are based. I will post details inviting all of you to the next MT performance to be held in Delhi soon.
MT is a great way to bring to the surface issues that are close to the community, and which may not even come out during conscious dialogue. One very interesting finding made through MT performances and dialogue within the community during and after MT, is that male-to-male sex is very common among truck drivers; in fact MSM activity is very common among the ustaad (driver) and chotu (helper). What makes this behaviour difficult to identify is that truck drivers themselves do not consider this sexual or MSM activity.
I look forward to continuing this important dialogue initiated on AIDSCOMPETENCE.