The 2nd International Conference on HIV and Adolescence took place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 10-12 October.
The medical advances that have transformed HIV treatment into a manageable disease have yet to alter the stark reality for young people, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, such as those in sub-Saharan Africa and young people within key populations. Even as AIDS-related mortality has decreased overall in recent years, AIDS-related deaths among adolescents increased by 50%. AIDS, in other words, is far from over - especially for young people.
At major meetings, advances in HIV management focuses mainly on either adults or children, leaving out this key group of individuals – the adolescents. To meet this need for international interchange in order to bring the field forward, the International Workshop on HIV & Adolescence: challenges and solutions was set up as an inclusive summit for multidisciplinary experts working with adolescents affected by HIV. The objective was to share experiences, knowledge and best practices with the aim of defining a pathway forward for optimizing care for adolescents living with HIV.
The program covered the entire spectrum of developmental changes in adolescents including social, behavioral, physiological and biological aspects and the impact of an HIV positive status. Prevention programs, testing, treatment and support services among adolescents will also be discussed. The barriers encountered in delivering these services and ways to mitigate these barriers will be further key areas of discussion during the workshop.
Presentations, video recordings and the abstract book are available here.