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Unleashing the potential of youth to fight HIV

Unleashing the potential of youth to fight HIV

By Marijke Wijnroks, Interim Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Despite the progress made against HIV, with tens of millions of people receiving lifesaving drugs and declines in infection rates, we now face the challenge of accelerating and sustaining these gains, especially among young people. It’s not easy to navigate adolescence under the best of circumstances. But in places with high prevalence of poverty and HIV, all the challenges are magnified...
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Sex, HIV and taboo: Overcoming HIV in conservative settings

Sex, HIV and taboo: Overcoming HIV in conservative settings

“In our culture, when someone wants to go and buy condoms, they feel they can’t. Even when you go to shops and they have condoms, it is not easy to get them.” – Maryam, a 22-year old from Zanzibar   HIV, sex and sexuality continue to remain social and cultural taboos in many regions of the world. In Zanzibar, Tanzania, the HIV epidemic is concentrated among young people, including those from key populations (in particular men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, and sex workers)...
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Men, boys, and HIV: Removing barriers to accessing services

Men, boys, and HIV: Removing barriers to accessing services

Despite improved health prospects for people living with HIV (PLHIV), young people are still falling through the gaps of HIV services. Stigma, discrimination, prohibitive laws and a lack of targeted services are responsible for leaving young people behind in the fight against AIDS. In Zambia, the HIV epidemic is mature and persistent; HIV prevalence has remained largely unchanged since the mid-nineties at the height of the epidemic. Unlike women, boys and men have fewer entry points to access H...
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Youth Voices on HIV – Addressing gaps and showing the way forward

Youth Voices on HIV – Addressing gaps and showing the way forward

“It’s important for young people to speak out, because when you keep it inside, that’s when it kills you.” – Sindi, a young woman living with HIV This weekend will mark National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day— a day to draw awareness towards the lack of progress in reducing HIV infections among adolescents. However, it can’t just be about awareness, it must be about amplifying the voices of those most affected. That is why we are proud to launch IAS Youth Voices – an advocacy initiative ...
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