PrEP introduction for adolescent girls and young women
The International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, in July 2016, has renewed interest and momentum around HIV prevention. High and sustained HIV incidence rates—about 2 million people acquiring HIV every year for the past 5 years—highlight the need for new prevention technologies for populations at substantial risk of HIV.1 As many as 7000 new infections a week are occurring in the most vulnerable adolescent girls and young women in eastern and southern Africa. 75% of young people in sub-Saharan Africa living with HIV are adolescent girls and young women age 15–24 years; AIDS is the leading cause of death for girls age 10–19 years in Africa.
Mathur, Sanyukta, Nanlesta Pilgrim, and Julie Pulerwitz. 2016. "PrEP introduction for adolescent girls and young women," The Lancet HIV 3(9): e406–e408.
Reducing HIV Risk among Adolescent Girls and Young Women: Implementation Science around the DREAMS Initiative