In 2020, an estimated 4,200 young women aged 15 –24 years became infected with HIV each week. Adolescent girls aged 10-19 years accounted for the majority of these new cases. The gender disparities are most acutely felt by adolescent girls in sub-Saharan Africa, where six in seven new HIV infections among adolescents aged 15-19 years occur among girls. Girls and young women in affected communities would benefit from the aggressive scale-up of user-powered prevention methods, alongside a transformation in community norms to enable their empowerment.
This guidance from UNAIDS is meant to inform programmes that aim to reduce HIV infection among adolescent girls and young women in countries and locations where HIV incidence is high among this population and where HIV is primarily spread through heterosexual transmission.
Hosted by UNICEF, this is a peer platform for the generation and exchange of programme knowledge, tools and insights to prevent HIV in adolescent girls and young women and promote their overall health and well-being through a multi-sectoral approach.
This resource guide is intended for national programme managers, implementers, prevention advocates, and other decision makers who seek guidance and tools to improve the effectiveness of the response to HIV among young women and girls. Each of its nine modules consists of technical considerations, case studies, programmatic tools and technical resources, and featured programmes.