Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Strengthening the health sector response to care, support, treatment and prevention for young people living with HIV

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World Health Organization

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Number of pages: 120
Publication date: 2008
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/FCH/CAH/08.02

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Overview

There are more than five million young people living with HIV today. This number is likely to increase as more children who acquire HIV perinatally survive into adolescence as a result of increasing access to treatment and care, and as more young people who acquire HIV during adolescence learn about their HIV status with the increasing availability of HIV testing and counselling.

This is the report from a global consultation that WHO and UNICEF organized in November 2006. It brought together service providers and young people in order to explore the specific needs of young people living with HIV, identify the challenges that they face in accessing treatment, care, support and prevention services, and outline priorities for action to help strengthen the health sector response to meeting their needs more effectively.