Drawing on an overview of research conducted for WHO's Department of HIV/AIDS, this paper outlines some of the issues that need to be addressed when working on HIV/AIDS prevention with young people. It offers:
- a summary of what currently is known about HIV/AIDS prevention among young people, with an emphasis on contexts of special vulnerability
- a framework for better understanding the inter-relationship between principles for success, and the priority fields in which these might be applied
- the identification of priority areas in which research needs to be conducted or synthesised so as to lay the foundations for a more effective response
Five core principles are outlined: putting the young person first, promoting meaningful participation, working with a commitment to rights, promoting gender equity, and working with vulnerability as well as risk. These offer the basis for a coherent and structured response to young people and HIV/AIDS.
Three priority fields of action were identified:
- Action to reduce risk
- Action to reduce vulnerability
- Action to mitigate impact
There is a list of references. The appendices list some key sources of information (publications and websites), and other publications from the Safe Passages to Adulthood Programme.
Aggleton, P.; Chase, E.; Rivers, K. HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care among Especially Vulnerable Young People: A Framework for Action. (2004) 36 pp. ISBN 0 85432 807 6