Wanted: Systems for adolescents with HIV

An HIV/Aids screening test during a past World Aids Day. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • There is a need to recognise this vulnerable population while respecting their rights and entitlements.
  • Adolescents may develop health-related behaviours that expose them to more health risks than younger children.
  • Services should be expanded beyond sexual and reproductive health.

Adolescents living with HIV and Aids represent a vulnerable group. They not only experience issues that affect people living with HIV, but also those that affect the demographic as they grapple with physical, emotional, cognitive and social changes.

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