More Positive Living
Strengthening the health sector response to young people living with HIV
In 2007 there were an estimated 5.4 million young people 15-24 years old, and an unknown number of 10-14 year olds, living with HIV. As access to treatment improves more and more, children who were infected with HIV during the neonatal period are surviving into adolescence. At the same time, unless there is significant scale-up of effective prevention programmes, young people will continue to become infected.
More Positive Living: strengthening the health sector response to young people living with HIV is based on the outcome of a WHO/UNICEF consultation that brought together service providers, programmers and young people living with HIV to highlight the special needs of young people living with HIV, and to develop consensus about priority activities for the health sector to meet these needs. The publication is intended for a wide audience, including policy makers and programme staff, and provides an overview of the challenges confronting young people living with HIV and clear recommendations for ways to improve treatment, care, support and prevention services for them.