Adolescents & HIV: have we taken our eye off the ball?
24 July 2014
According to a World Health Organisation report published earlier this year, HIV is now estimated to be the number two cause of death among adolescents aged 10-19 globally, and the number one in Africa, and this at a time when HIV-related deaths are decreasing in all other age groups.
Adolescent health, and in particular adolescent health and HIV, continues to be a missing piece of the global health jigsaw and one of the reasons is the complexity of the issues – and consequent decisions that need to be taken - facing service providers working with this age group. Imagine for a moment that you’re a young homeless person living on the streets of Kiev with no adult care in your life, but you’re told that you’re unable to take an HIV test to ascertain your status without parental consent. What then?
Read the full blog post (published on the AVERT website).