Although the disparity in HIV prevalence among young women and their male counterparts is not new, there is increasing recognition that addressing the unmet HIV prevention needs among AGYW is necessary to achieve epidemic control. In Ethiopia, data characterizing unmet HIV prevention needs and HIV risk vulnerabilities among AGYW, particularly out of school AGYW, have been limited. Armauer Hansen Research Institute and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health through Project SOAR conducted an integrated HIV biobehavioral survey (IBBS) focused on out-of-school adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) aged 15–24 years to assess AGYW HIV risk vulnerability. The purpose of the IBBS was to estimate HIV and STI prevalence among AGYW and to assess HIV risk vulnerability. Prior to conducting the IBBS, formative work mapped potential recruitment locations to reach out-of-school AGYW. Stakeholder engagement was also conducted, including engagement with the Federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office (FHAPCO), to ensure that the IBBS filled identified data gaps.
Comins, Carly A., Sheree Schwartz, Stefan Baral, and Andargachew Mulu. 2020. "Characterizing the unmet HIV prevention needs and HIV risk vulnerabilities of adolescent girls and young women in Ethiopia," Project SOAR Final Report. Washington, DC: USAID | Project SOAR.
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