Prevention for youth
Aidsfonds (previously STOP AIDS NOW!) aims to improve the quality of HIV prevention programmes and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) education for youth. To realise this, we make use of evidence-informed approaches.
"I know that I am not the only one for him. I want to use condoms but he said that he paid for my virginity, so we don’t use them. I find it very difficult to talk with him about condoms. And too embarrassing to get them in a clinic. In the future I think it will depend on the guy whether we use condoms." - Nqobile (19) from South Africa
Young people all over the world need support in building skills to negotiate safe sex , have an understanding about their rights and where to go for contraceptives, testing and treatment. How can you otherwise make healthy choices in life if nobody is giving you the right information?
Sexual and reproductive health and rights are human rights. Yet, many people, in particular young persons and women, face significant barriers to obtain these rights. Millions of people are living with HIV or contract other sexually transmitted infections that are often preventable. In the past years, significant progress has been made in SRHR education and HIV prevention for youth, but still 40% of all new HIV infections occur among young people.
The quality of current SRHR education and HIV prevention programmes for young people is a matter of concern to Aidsfonds (previously STOP AIDS NOW!) A 2007 review revealed that only 50% of existing programmes contributed to a decrease in sexual risk behaviour among young people. Evidence of what is known to be effective in education programmes is not widely implemented. Many programmes do not fully address the needs of young people or only narrowly focus on increasing knowledge. Aidsfonds (previously STOP AIDS NOW!) aims to improve this.
Quality of HIV prevention programmes for youth
Aidsfonds (previously STOP AIDS NOW!) and Rutgers' trainers project improves HIV prevention interventions and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) education for youth in 12 African countries.
Fact Sheets on Volunteer Management
Aidsfonds (previously STOP AIDS NOW!) developed a set of four Fact Sheets on volunteer management in the context of HIV prevention and life skills programmes, to support organisations working with volunteers.
Aidsfonds (previously STOP AIDS NOW!) developed a Position Statement on the quality of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) education and HIV prevention for youth. We feel that HIV prevention policies and programmes should be more evidence-informed.
All In! Initiative
Gender-based violence and limited access to health care and education. Systems and policies that do not address the needs of young people. These are obstacles that block adolescent girls from being able to protect themselves against HIV. As a result, young women and adolescent girls account for a disproportionate number of the new infections among young people and the number of young people living with HIV.
Quality standards for capacity building NGOs
Are you a donor organisation collaborating with partner organisations "in the South" that implement SRHR and HIV prevention programmes for young people? Quality standards are a useful tool to build capacity of your partners.