Adolescents, young people, and the 90–90–90 goals: a call to improve HIV testing and linkage to treatment

December 29, 2017
Authors: Vincent J. Wong, Kate R. Murray, B. Ryan Phelps, Sten H. Vermund and Donna R. McCarraher
Organization: AIDS

Recent studies reveal significant gaps in the HIV clinical cascade among young people as the global community pursues the Joint United Nations
Programme on HIV and AIDS 90–90–90 targets. This AIDS supplement was commissioned with the goal of informing program planners, researchers, policymakers, and funding agencies about the development and design of effective adolescent and youth programs, policies, and strategies for improving the first two 90s among adolescents and youth: HIV testing and diagnosis and linkage to care and treatment. Emerging evidence should inform efforts to better target the youth and adolescents who are most at risk, aiming for early diagnosis and treatment initiation for those who are HIV positive, while also ensuring appropriate primary prevention so that those identified as HIV negative remain so.