An estimated 3.7 percent of young people aged 15–24 years are living with HIV in Uganda, and face unique challenges in navigating a wide array of social, health, and developmental challenges as they transition to adulthood. Like all young people, those who live with HIV are starting to learn about their sexuality, often beginning to have intimate relationships or marry. In addition, they confront a myriad of complex issues associated with HIV status disclosure, initiation of and adherence to antiretroviral therapy, and deeply entrenched HIV-related stigma and discrimination. Young women bear a disproportionate share of this burden. Compared with men in their age cohort, young Ugandan women are more than twice as likely to be living with HIV. Under the Link Up project in Uganda, the Community Health Alliance Uganda and Marie Stopes Uganda will lead the implementation of peer-outreach activities designed to increase access to HIV and SRHR services among young people living with HIV in Luwero and Nakasongola districts. The Population Council and Makerere University’s Child Health and Development Centre are leading an evaluation of these activities.
Population Council. 2015. "Sexual and reproductive health and rights among young people living with HIV in Uganda: Findings from the Link Up baseline survey," Link Up Research Brief. Washington, DC: Population Council.