adolescents

3rd International Workshop on HIV & Adolescence

Venue
Nairobi, Kenya

Adolescents are developmentally at a difficult crossroad, which makes it challenging to attract and sustain adolescents’ focus on maintaining their health. Every effort must be made to engage and retain adolescents in care so they can improve and maintain their health for the long term.

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Scoring big with Grassroot Soccer at SA AIDS 2019

The biennial South African AIDS Conference (SA AIDS 2019), which took place earlier this month in Durban, South Africa, was an opportunity to meet a diverse range of players in the field of HIV and AIDS -- and one of the most innovative and inspiring of these is definitely Grassroot Soccer (GRS), so the SHARE team was really excited to get the chance to chat with some of the organization’s coaches, or young adult mentors, and master trainers about the work they are doing and what brought them to the conference.
Author
Aubrey Weber, Johanna Theunissen and Danya-Zee Pedra

Addressing the SRH needs of adolescents and young people living with HIV

Venue
Webinar

This webinar, on addressing the SRH needs of adolescents and young people living with HIV , which is part of the 2019 SRHR and HIV Linkages webinar series, will take place on March 19th, 2019 from 09:30 to 10:30 Washington / 15:30 to 16:30 Geneva / 16:30 to 17:30 Johannesburg.

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Savings groups for adolescents and youth affected by HIV: A technical guide

Author
Margaret Richards

The relationship between poverty and HIV is complex, but the evidence of that relationship has been so strong that household economic strengthening (HES) interventions are considered core to OVC programming.  Informal saving and lending groups, or savings groups (SGs), are among the most commonly implemented HES interventions in the PEPFAR programming portfolio–historically, they have targeted caregivers.

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National age-of-consent laws and adolescent HIV testing in sub-Saharan Africa: a propensity-score matched study

Author
Britt McKinnon & Ashley Vandermorris

Age-of-consent laws can be a barrier to adolescents accessing relevant HIV/AIDS services. This study provides new evidence that a lower legal age of consent could address this barrier, especially in countries with more restrictive legislation, and increase HIV testing and counselling uptake.

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Youth voices from the 2nd International Workshop on HIV Adolescence

Through the many presentations, activities and events during the three days of the 2nd International Workshop on HIV Adolescence: Challenges and Solutions, the emphasis on youth involvement was highlighted consistently. It is through this lens that SHARE staff reflect on thoughts from youth participants before its closing.
Author
SHARE staff

The youth tipping point: opportunities and challenges

Looking at where we have come from, and where we are in southern Africa’s fight against HIV, it is clear that we have had some monumental successes and some incredible failures along the way, both of which we can learn from to do better. One clear theme throughout the first day of the 2nd International Workshop on HIV Adolescence: Challenges and Solutions was that we have not consistently and adequately gained the insights of the very people who are enrolled in studies to generate evidence on how to address the needs of these populations. Further, we have not committed the resources required to conduct the research on the populations that are difficult to reach, whether due to challenging ethical enrolment or stigma and criminalization of key populations.
Author
SHARE staff

Adolescent-focused research and development: an imperative on all fronts

Despite the fact that people under the age of 18 make up about 25% of the global population, research among adolescents has been a neglected area. We know that it is important to conduct research among pediatric and adolescent populations, but to date the focus has remained on adults. Just how significant the risks are of not including adolescents in clinical trials emerged as a key theme at the 2nd International Workshop on HIV Adolescence, as well as the logistical, ethical, legal, justice, and human rights considerations that need to be taken into account when designing and implementing research involving adolescents.
Author
SHARE staff

2nd International Workshop on HIV Adolescence

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.
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