Visions, Voices, and Priorities: Adolescents Talk About Access to HIV Treatment & Care
2016 | Download
Despite advances in HIV treatment and care, access to treatment and retention in care continues to pose challenges for adolescent young people (aged 10–19) living with HIV. Rates of HIV-related mortality among adolescents are increasing at a time when HIV-related deaths are steadily decreasing among other age groups. HIV is the second highest cause of death among adolescents globally, and the highest in sub-Saharan Africa.
But young people, including adolescents, living with HIV should be seen as more than beneficiaries of treatment, but rather as participants in their own healthcare, and that of their community.
Young people, in all their diversity, want to be a meaningful part of the solution, and participate in the decision-making that affects their lives. For example, young people living with HIV have an important roles to play as community educators and service-providers as peer counsellors and navigators. They should be involved in all decision-making that affects their lives—helping to shape policy and programs that respond to the needs, aspirations and realities of young people in all of their diversity.
This brief pulls together findings from community dialogues on adolescent access to HIV treatment and care, designed with and for young people living with and most affected by HIV, which took place in Burundi, Bangladesh and Uganda during April 2016. Young people living with and most affected by HIV led dialogues with other young people in their communities, facilitated using a standard discussion guide. A total of 38 young people living with HIV took part in the dialogues, of whom over half were aged 12–19.
This brief was created by Link Up, which has improved the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of almost 940,000 young people affected by HIV across five countries in Africa and Asia. The project is being implemented by a consortium of partners led by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. PHI's Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA) is an implementing partner.
Other briefs in the series include:
- Visions, Voices, and Priorities: Adolescents Talk About Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
- Visions, Voices, and Priorities: Young People Talk About Self-Testing for HIV