October 2015www.stopaidsnow.org

Young people are facing many barriers that prevent them from a sexually healthy life. On top of that, young women and girls have to deal with gender inequality, making them extra vulnerable for HIV. At the UN SDG summit last week world leaders have committed themselves to achieving a more equitable world for all. Young women are ready to be involved. Together we will reach a better and healthy life for girls.

In this edition:
  • I'm a young women, vulnerable for HIV. What do I need to protect myself?;
  • “We need to let them speak for themselves, not adults speaking for them.” Three young women, three professionals, three activists;
  • New recommendations on early use of ART and expanded offer of PrEP are contained in WHO’s "Guideline on when to start antiretroviral therapy and on pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV;

    and much more!

Enjoy reading this newsletter!

Young women can make a difference

Every minute HIV is transmitted to one young woman. In sub-Saharan Africa, the percentage of young women aged 15-24 living with HIV is twice that of young men. On September 25, 2015 the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted. World leaders have committed themselves to achieving a better and more equitable world for all. STOP AIDS NOW! continues to focus on ensuring equality and defending the rights of young women in particular.

“We need to let them speak for themselves, not adults speaking for them.”

Jacqueline from Uganda, Nontlantla from South Africa and Annah from Zimbabwe. Three women, three professionals, three activists, fighting for the rights, health and wellbeing of young women. We asked them how come that young women their countries are particular vulnerable for HIV. And what needs to happen in order to bring the most significant change in the support of young women. Feel their activism!

Meet and Greet: “All this did not change what he felt for me”

Barbara Kemigisa is a strong and cheerful 29 years-old Ugandan, soon to be married. She is at the forefront to fight HIV related stigma and to support young people living with HIV. However life has not always been prosperous to her. Being a young woman more vulnerable to HIV than boys her age, she has faced many challenges. Meet Barbara!

What's new

Treat all people living with HIV, offer antiretrovirals as additional prevention choice for people at "substantial" risk - WHO news release
Anyone infected with HIV should begin antiretroviral treatment as soon after diagnosis as possible, WHO announced Wednesday. With its "treat-all" recommendation, WHO removes all limitations on eligibility for antiretroviral therapy (ART) among people living with HIV; all populations and age groups are now eligible for treatment. Read the news release

ALL IN to #EndAdolescentAIDS - websiteAll In to #endadolescentAIDS
"Here's the challenge: AIDS is the leading cause of death among adolescents in Africa. But simple actions can change the world. So spread the word, tell your story and join us in our efforts to end the epidemic by 2030". All In is about bringing everyone together to stop adolescent deaths, infections and violence caused by AIDS. Join in

Workshop on maximizing the effectiveness of SRHR education and HIV prevention programmes for youth - report
On 15 September STOP AIDS NOW! organised a workshop for people working in the Netherlands on quality criteria for SRHR education and HIV prevention programmes for youth. 15 people from 10 different organisations participated. The workshop was set up in a participatory way and built very much on the experiences of the participants. Issues that were presented and discussed were among others: how to develop effective interventions using the 6 steps of the Intervention Mapping methodology; what can be left out from CSE and who decides to start CSE. A report (including further references) is available.

"Adolescent girls are the new face of HIV" - Link Up ACT! side event UN 70th General Assembly
Nina Benedicte Kouassi, key correspondent for International HIV/AIDS Alliance reports from the Link Up side event. The event addressed the fact that women and girls are disproportionately affected by the epidemic. She moderated this side event that was hosted by STOP AIDS NOW!. Read her thoughts

Research & resources

Guideline on when to start antiretroviral therapy and on pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV
New recommendations on early use of ART and expanded offer of PrEP are contained in WHO’s "Guideline on when to start antiretroviral therapy and on pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV.” The new guideline stresses that, in order to effectively implement the recommendations, countries will need to ensure that testing and treatment for HIV infection are readily available and that those undergoing treatment are supported to adhere to recommended regimens and are retained in care.

Sexual and reproductive health and rights, and HIV: 101 workshop guide
A guide to facilitating a workshop on linking up HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights with young key populations. The guide was developed by the Internationonal HIV/AIDS Alliance and the Link Up consortium

Communities deliver
This comprehensive report draws the many ways in which communities are advancing the response to AIDS, To end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, community responses to HIV need to be integrated in national AIDS plans and scaled up and resourced at levels much higher than before. The report was published by Stop AIDS Alliance and UNAIDS.

Strengthening community systems for HIV treatment scale-up
This case study describes and analyses the results of the Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) interventions and activities of the Maximizing ART for Better Health and Zero New HIV Infections (MaxART) programme between mid 2011 and mid 2014 in Swaziland. It demonstrates the key role of communities and community system interventions in successfully scaling up access to HIV prevention, treatment and care programmes, and the need for strong community systems when successfully implementing early treatment and reaching ambitious global targets to end the AIDS epidemic.

Upcoming events

Young People and Sexual Health: Towards Improved Standards for Sexual Education in Europe
October 21, Brussels, Belgium

International Conference on Family Planning

November 9-12, Nusa Dua, Indonesia

12th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP)
November 20-23, Dhaka, Bangladesh

18th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA)

November 29 -December 4, Harare, Zimbabwe

7th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights
February 8-12 2016, Accra, Ghana

GHIC 2016 Global Health & Innovation Conference
April 16-17, 2016, Connecticut, USA

21st International AIDS Conference
July 17-21, 2016, Durban, South Africa

More upcoming events


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