HIV and adolescents: Focus on young key populations: Focus

Linda Gail Bekker, Leigh Johnson, Melissa Wallace, Sybil Hosek, Audrey Pettifor, Nadia L. Nguyen, Connie Celum, Frances M. Cowan, Vivian Go, Lisa Hightow-Weidman, Ann E. Kurth, Michelle A. Lally, Augustine T. Choko, Irene W. Inwani, J. Dennis Fortenberry, Sinead Delany-Moretlwe, Joanna Busza, Carolyn Bolton-Moore, Karen Kelley, Lee FairliePriya Lall, Sin How Lim, Norliana Khairuddin, Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Massy Mutumba, Gary W. Harper, Rachael C. Dellar, Sarah Dlamini, Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Anita Krug, Mikaela Hildebrand, Nina Sun, Brendan Conner, Rachel Baggaley, Alice Armstrong, Zoe Dodd, Ed Ngoksin

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Adolescents and young adults are at increased risk for HIV due to the many developmental, psychological, social, and structural transitions that converge in this period of the lifespan. In addition, adolescent deaths resulting from HIV continue to rise despite declines in other age groups. There are also young key populations (YKPs) that bear disproportionate burdens of HIV and are the most vulnerable, including young men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender youth, young people who inject drugs, and adolescent and young adult sex workers. As a society, we must do more to stop new HIV infections and untimely HIV-related deaths through both primary and secondary prevention and better management approaches. Using an interwoven prevention and treatment cascade approach, the starting point for all interventions must be HIV counselling and testing. Subsequent interventions for both HIV-negative and HIV-positive youth must be "adolescent-centred," occur within the socio-ecological context of young people and take advantage of the innovations and technologies that youth have easily incorporated into their daily lives. In order to achieve the global goals of zero infections, zero discrimination and zero deaths, a sustained focus on HIV research, policy and advocacy for YKPs must occur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number20076
JournalJournal of the International AIDS Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2015


  • adolescent key populations
  • commercial sexual exploitation of children
  • harm reduction
  • juvenile prostitution
  • minimum intervention
  • sexually exploited children
  • young drug users
  • young key populations
  • young people
  • young sex workers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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