For pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to have a substantial public health impact, access to PrEP needs to be improved so that more people who would benefit from it receive PrEP. Services need to adapt and innovate.
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.
This article reflects on the social, political, and structural factors that shape risk and influence access to prevention and care. It calls for the use of a collection of indicators that incorporate principles of human rights, gender equality, and participation, recognizing that without equity, epidemic transition cannot truly be achieved or sustained.