Journal of AIDS special supplement on ending HIV and AIDS in adolescents

June 23, 2014

The Supplement highlights the complexity of the adolescent HIV epidemic and illustrates opportunities to improve the response through effective scale up of interventions that address biological, economic, social and cultural determinants of HIV risk and vulnerability in adolescents.

Specifically, the reviews:

  • highlight poor levels of coverage of critical HIV prevention, treatment, and care interventions for adolescents, disparities in HIV prevalence among adolescent girls, and low-risk perceptions associated with risk behaviors among key risk groups;
  • underscore the significance of clear national targets and strengthening data, government involvement, enhanced systems capacity and policy, engagement of community and adolescent social networks, and of mobile and internet technologies to the success of interventions for adolescents; and
  • identify several efficacious interventions for adults that could benefit from operational research to inform optimizing implementation in adolescents and how to do so with maximal cost efficiency and impact on the epidemic. 

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Key resource of evidence

This JAIDS Supplement is a key source of evidence which will inform collective efforts towards ending the adolescent AIDS epidemic. Developed under the leadership of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH), in collaboration with multiple technical leaders in the area of adolescent programming, the series presents a collection of reviews on adolescents examining current evidence and experience from programmes to highlight how to improve HIV-specific outcomes. Findings from the reviews were presented at a global technical consultation on adolescents and HIV, convened by UNICEF and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London in July 2013. 

UNICEF, in collaboration with the NIH, will be announcing this JAIDS Supplement at the 20th International AIDS Conference on Sunday, 20 July, 3.45-5.45pm at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center.