WHO Develops Survey for Youth Living with HIV

By Jane Coaston | September 4, 2012

EGPAF Ambassador Cristina Pena speaks at AIDS 2012 in Washington, D.C.

EGPAF

HIV rates among adolescents worldwide are rising.

In the United States, the Office of National AIDS Policy estimates that half of all new domestic HIV infections occur in people younger than 25. In 2010, there were 2,266 new HIV infections diagnosed in individuals in the U.S. between the ages of 13 and 19.

And because of increased availability of effective HIV treatment in the developing world, children who are infected as infants through mother-to-child transmission in places from Côte d’Ivoire or Zimbabwe are surviving and thriving into adolescence and adulthood.

As children grow older, they experience a number of unique issues affecting their care and treatment.

To help address the needs of people ages 10-24, the World Health Organization (WHO) is working to develop international guidance for the treatment of HIV in adolescents. The group is looking for input from a number of stakeholders, including the most important group – young people living with HIV.

To learn more about what youth need, WHO has created an online survey for youth from the ages of 10-24 living with HIV. The survey is brief and completely anonymous, and participants can skip any questions they feel uncomfortable answering. Click the link above to take the survey in English or to send the link to a friend.

The survey also is available in Russian, Spanish, and Thai. and will soon be available in French and Portuguese.

EGPAF is active in providing care and treatment services to adolescents, as well as advocacy and research efforts to address their needs.Click here to read about EGPAF’s session on adolescents at the recent AIDS 2012 conference, and watch the video below featuring our young adult Foundation Ambassadors talking about what it’s like to be an adolescent living with HIV.