Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Young people and HIV/AIDS

Opportunity in crisis

UNICEF, UNAIDS, World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 48
Publication date: 2002
Languages: English, French, Spanish



Opportunity in Crisis is a UNICEF, UNAIDS, WHO advocacy publication that makes a compelling case for the need to focus on young people as a central component of national AIDS control programmes. It includes a range of statistics, including detailed tables of national and regional data, that clearly show young people are at the centre of the epidemic, and explain why they are particularly vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.

In addition, Opportunity in Crisis outlines a ten-step strategy for accelerated action to prevent HIV/AIDS among young people that includes fighting silence and stigma, increasing access to core interventions such as information, skills and services, decreasing young people's vulnerability and ensuring that they have opportunities to participate.