#HandsUp for #HIVPrevention for Adolescent Girls and Young Women
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#HandsUp for #HIVPrevention for Adolescent Girls and Young Women

WORLD AIDS DAY 2016 - In the lead-up to World AIDS Day 2016 UNAIDS launched the #HandsUp for #HIVprevention campaign which explored different aspects of HIV prevention and how they relate to specific groups of people, such as adolescent girls and young women, key populations and people living with HIV. (Photo: HandsUp at the MMS Symposium 2016/ Christoph Engeli/MMS)

In 15 years, the annual number of people newly infected by HIV has dropped from 3.1 million to 2.1 million. Today adolescent girls and young women are at disproportionate risk of acquiring HIV especially in eastern and southern Africa. In 2014, 350 000 adolescents girls and young women aged 10 – 24 years became newly infected with HIV globally, the vast majority of whom live in southern Africa. Reasons for the higher HIV risk are living in challenging environments with insufficient access to food, education and housing and high rates of violence. Sexually active young women are particularly vulnerable as they often engage in sexual relationships with older men in exchange of food or money – the so called “Sugar Daddy Syndrome”. Young people perceive the risk of acquiring HIV infection as low, their use of condoms is insufficient and they get less often tested for HIV. For those adolescents living with HIV treatment adherence is often low and treatment failure high. According to statistics only three in ten adolescents’ girls and young women 15 to 24 years old have comprehensive and correct knowledge of HIV.

HandsUp at the MMS Symposium 2016 (Photo: Christoph Engeli/MMS)


'Know your epidemic, know your response'

Given the high transmission rate of HIV and the aim of ending the epidemic by 2030, HIV prevention programs aiming at halting the transmission are more important than ever. The ‘know your epidemic, know your response’ approach is the starting point for combination prevention programming, combination prevention relies on evidence-based strategies which include behavioral, biomedical and structural prevention strategies (s. figure). These strategies operate on different levels such as the individual, relationship, community and society level. Although combination prevention is not a new idea, it is striking how seldom it has been systematically implemented.


Note: Combination prevention strategies (Adapted from AVERTing HIV and AIDS website)


#HandsUp for #HIVPrevention

Medicus Mundi Switzerland / raised their #HandsUp for #HIVprevention together with its partner organizations: Swiss Red Cross, COMUNDO, Handicap International, Terres des Homme Schweiz, Swiss TPH, FAIRMED, World Vision Switzerland, Schweizer Partnerschaft Hôpital Albert Schweizer Haiti, Women’s Hope International and SUPPORT.


HandsUp at the MMS Symposium 2016 (Photo: Christoph Engeli/MMS)


We tweeted photos and messages! Check us out on twitter @Medicus Mundi and see our photos here

In the run up to #WorldAIDSDay MMS and its partner organisations are raising their #HandsUp for #HIVPrevention

We put up our #HandsUp for #HIVprevention & we call for more respect for the #rights of people living with HIV so that we can #EndAIDS.

Annually 2.1 mio people get infected with HIV. #HandsUp for #HIVprevention Together we can end it! #EndAIDS #WorldAIDSDay

Everyone should access #HIVprevention methods that fit their lives. Leave no one behind! #HandsUp #WorldAIDSDay

Access to #SRHR services are key for for #HIVprevention! #HandsUp

HIV disproportionately impacts young women. gender equality & women’s #SRHR is key to #endingAIDS #HandsUp for #HIVprevention

More than 14.5 mio of the 36.7 mio people living with HIV do not know their HIV status. Get tested! #HIVprevention

only ⅗ of pregnant & breastfeeding women living with HIV receive ART to #PMTCT #HandsUp for #HIVprevention #WorldAIDSDay

Condoms available in sub-Saharan Africa cover less than half of the need #HandsUp for #HIVprevention #WorldAIDSDay

Advancing gender equality & #women’s sexual & reproductive health & rights is key to #endingAIDS. #HandsUp for #HIVprevention