This blog was written by Lesley Gittings, Dr Elona Toska, Dr Rebecca Hodes, Professor Lucie Cluver.
AIDS-related illness is the leading cause of death amongst adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa, home to an estimated 2 million HIV-positive adolescents (1). Since the year 2000, adolescent AIDS-related deaths have tripled, while declining in all other age groups (1). Unfortunately, adolescents are underserved by existing HIV services, have significantly worse access to antiretroviral therapy, lower rates of adherence, and poorer health outcomes than adults (2). This evidence on poor HIV-related health outcomes among adolescents makes a strong case for efforts to better understand and respond to the needs of this crucial demographic. Last year, we spoke with social protection experts...Read more