Young People Living with HIV: A Collection and Review of the Resources for Health Workers Around the World
Advances in access to effective antiretroviral therapy (ART) mean that many young people living with HIV (YPLHIV) can live long and healthy lives. Increasing survival of young people who were born with HIV means we are seeing a surge of YPLHIV who are transitioning from childhood to adolescence and then adolescence to adulthood (UNICEF, 2014). With this transition comes a range of physical, psychological, sexual, reproductive, behavioral, and psychosocial support needs that the health sector still struggles to address.
Previously, there was scant literature on how to treat and support YPLHIV. This is starting to change. More research is coming out each year, and while this group is still underrepresented on global platforms and in donor budgets, progress is being made. Over the last several years, a number of resources have been produced to help train and guide health providers, counselors, and YPLHIV, as they strive toward providing effective treatment, care, and support for this population.
Pathfinder International developed this compendium to identify and facilitate access to useful resources that will help field teams around the world improve service provision for YPLHIV. Each resource is accompanied by a brief synopsis and recommendations for utilization, so that field teams can assess quickly and easily whether the resource is valuable or relevant to their programs.