Original Article: bit.ly/1z9X6sD
Ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance is warning of the urgent need to prioritise HIV and sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents, particularly in the global south where they are slipping through the cracks when it comes to healthcare.
There are an estimated 2.1 million adolescents living with HIV, with more than 80% of them living in sub-Saharan Africa. Many don’t know their HIV status.
According to Kate Iorpenda, the Alliance’s Senior Advisor on HIV and Children: "Adolescents are the missing link when it comes to HIV services. Only by ensuring they are getting testing and treatment and that they have access to services tailored to individual needs and preferences will we have a chance of defeating AIDS.
In Burundi, where more than half of the population is under 17, Link Up is focusing on young people living with HIV, young men who have sex with men and young women who sell sex and aims to reach 175,000 young people and adolescents with tailored HIV and sexual and reproductive health services that reflect their specific circumstances.
Full text of article available at link below: bit.ly/1z9X6sD