Link Up research published in Journal of Adolescent Health

January 24, 2017

A supplement on the Link Up project is published in the Journal of Adolescent Health today, exploring sexual and reproductive health and rights services for young people most affected by HIV.

Link Up (2013-2016) has improved the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of almost 940,000 young people who are most affected by HIV in Bangladesh, Burundi, Ethiopia, Myanmar and Uganda.

The supplement, 'Integrating Rights into HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health: Evidence and experiences from the Link Up Project', brings together key areas of learning and reflection in three commentaries and five research papers. Link Up has highlighted the importance of engaging with young people in all their diversity, across age, gender, HIV status, social circumstance, as well as country contexts.

Attitudes and norms around 'appropriate' behaviour marginalise young people most affected by HIV – especially those who are part of key populations – preventing them from accessing SRHR services and contributing to high HIV prevalence.

The project's success was in large part possible through an inspirational network of young leaders, peer educators, community role models, service providers, trainers and project staff, who were at the centre of Link Up's design, delivery and advocacy work.

Aidsfonds' Nienke Westerhof, senior advisor SRHR, is co-author of the commentaries.

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Source: International HIV/AIDS Alliance