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Visions, Voices, and Priorities: Adolescents Talk About Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

2016 | Download

PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a type of HIV prevention that uses antiretroviral drugs. A person who does not have HIV but does have a higher risk of acquiring it, takes a pill every day, that prevents them from getting HIV. PrEP cannot be treated as a standalone prevention method, and will only be affective when used holistically with other HIV prevention tools and a comprehensive package of SRH services, including STI and pregnancy prevention/family planning. 

Although PrEP is not yet available in many countries, its approval and use as a method of HIV prevention is gaining momentum globally. However, gaps remain in the understanding of how different age groups and populations of people most impacted by HIV perceive the benefits and utility of PrEP, and how they would like to see it rolled out in their communities.

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PrEP can present an opportunity for young people to explore their sexuality safely, particularly those who are most vulnerable to acquiring HIV. This brief shares findings from a dialogue with young people, undertaken in order to explore and understand the knowledge and perceptions of young people living with and most affected by HIV around PrEP access, ulitization and adherence. 

This brief pulls together findings from five community dialogues in Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia and Myanmar, involving 63 young people including young women who sell sex (Myanmar, Burundi, Uganda), young people and adolescents living with HIV and adolescent mothers (Uganda), and young men who have sex with men (Myanmar and Burundi). These dialogues were led by and for young people living with and most affected by HIV. The results of the dialogue were validated in a meeting in Yangon, Myanmar in June 2016, and further validated among participants virtually in July 2016. Each community dialogue was facilitated using a discussion guide, which included a set of key questions and background information on PrEP.

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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 of Link Up.

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