HIV/AIDS

HIV and adolescents: Guidance for HIV testing and counselling and care for adolescents living with HIV

Guidance document

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Authors:
World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 100
Publication date: November 2013
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 150616 8

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Overview

Adolescents (10–19 years) and young people (20–24 years) continue to be vulnerable, both socially and economically, to HIV infection despite efforts to date. This is particularly true for adolescents — especially girls — who live in settings with a generalized HIV epidemic or who are members of key populations at higher risk for HIV acquisition or transmission through sexual transmission and injecting drug use. In 2012, there were approximately 2.1 million adolescents living with HIV. About one-seventh of all new HIV infections occur during adolescence.

These guidelines provide specific recommendations and expert suggestions — for national policy-makers and programme managers and their partners and stakeholders— on prioritizing, planning and providing HIV testing, counselling, treatment and care services for adolescents.

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