This webinar will present research results, published in the supplement to the journal AIDS, to improve HIV testing and linkage to care among adolescents and young people.
Currently, rates of HIV diagnosis and treatment initiation among adolescents and young people ages 15–24 are low, and new infections among adolescents and youth are increasing. Recent studies reveal significant gaps in the HIV clinical cascade among young people, as the global community pursues the UNAIDS 90–90–90 targets. Efforts need to be expanded to reach youth and adolescents who are most at risk, aiming for early diagnosis and treatment initiation for those who are HIV positive. At the same time, appropriate primary prevention needs to be ensured, so that those identified as HIV negative remain so.
The speakers will present selected articles that focus on the need for youth engagement, the role of voluntary male medical circumcision, new strategies such as self-testing, and the pressing needs of adolescents regarding HIV testing and linkage to care in the United States and internationally. Facilitated by experts in the field, this webinar will provide an opportunity for program planners, donors, policy makers, youth and other participants to discuss this topic and ask questions.