Fast-Track For Ending AIDS Does Not Need to Mean Sidetracking from Adolescents Living with HIV
Cape Town/Geneva/ Kampala/Harare, 1 December 2014 - As the world commemorates the World AIDS Day, the Young
People Living with HIV network (Y+) urges world leaders not to forget the needs of adolescents living with HIV, as part of the
UNAIDS-led strategy launched in November 2014, Fast-tracking: ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 , which
highlights the need to focus on communities most affected by HIV and recommends resources be concentrated
on the area with the greatest impact.
However, the strategy falls short of providing specific recommendations to overcome epidemiological, social and programmatic challenges
in the response to HIV among adolescents living with HIV .
Annah Sango, a Y+ member from Zimbabwe said: "Adolescents living with HIV are once again simply being left behind in this Fast-Track
approach, despite all of our recent collaborations with the key institutions to develop guidelines, policies, good practices, and to
shape global initiatives, as equal partners."
She further highlighted: "In this strategy, adolescents were referred to only once in this forty-page strategy and
only in the context of scaling up their access to biomedical interventions, such as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). This is a missed
opportunity to highlight the massive gaps that exist in the provision of prevention, treatment and care interventions and services
for adolescents. The oversight of the UNAIDS Fast Track strategy is yet another reminder of how far we still need to go to
sensitize these agencies and our governments on the importance of addressing our complex health and human right needs".
The recent studies on ARV outcomes among adolescents living with HIV show that compared with older adults, adolescents and young adults
had higher lost-to-follow-up rates. They are also less adherent to ART and have lower rates of virologic suppression and immunologic
recovery and a higher rate of virologic rebound after initial suppression.
Source: Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+)
The Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+) is the global network for and by people living with HIV.
GNP+ advocates to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV. Driven by the needs of people living with HIV worldwide, GNP+
supports people living with HIV through their organisations and networks. GNP+ works to ensure equitable access to health and social
services, by focusing on social justice, rights and more meaningful involvement of people living with HIV in programme and policy
development - the GIPA principle. www.gnpplus.net
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