In Focus this month:
Addressing HIV Risk in Adolescent Girls and Young Women (Center for Strategic and International Studies Global Health Policy Center)
The Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored, and Safe (DREAMS) Partnership seeks to address HIV risks among adolescent girls and young women in 10 countries in eastern and southern Africa. The report describes innovative and effective programmatic approaches, and calls for comprehensive interventions for these key populations.
Adolescents Waiting for HIV Treatment Face High Death Risk (Journal of the International AIDS Society)
This study showed that adolescents seek care for HIV at a later clinical stage compared to adults, and face a greater risk of death while awaiting initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART). New interventions are needed to identify HIV-positive adolescents for earlier ART initiation.
Laws and Stigma Inhibit HIV Prevention for Men Who Have Sex with Men (AIDS and Behavior)
The survey of 3, 340 men who have sex with men (MSM) found that an increase in perceived sexual stigma was associated with a significant decrease in access to free condoms and lubricants, HIV testing, and antiretroviral treatment. Increasing access to HIV services will require decriminalizing homosexuality and decreasing stigma against MSM.