The 95-95-95 targets will only be achieved with zero discrimination, including within healthcare settings. Health worker attitudes, including those of professional and lay providers, are essential in establishing the culture of a health service. Protecting confidentiality and treating adolescents and young people living with HIV (AYPLHIV) with respect are key elements of adolescent and youth-friendly health services (AYFHS). However, AYPLHIV report stigmatizing and unsupportive health worker practices, including imposed moral values, discrimination, shame and scolding and violations of confidentiality. To ensure health workers are equipped to deliver appropriate services, training and sensitization are required. While the importance of sensitization is increasingly acknowledged, a gap remains in documented interventions and models.
This is part of a series of 12 policy briefs by the Child Survival Working Group on scaling up key interventions for children and adolescents living with HIV. Learn more.