Preventing HIV/AIDS in Young People

A Systematic Review of the Evidence from Developing Countries

No. of pages: 357

Publication date: 2006

Author: UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO

Publisher: World health Organization

ISBN: 92-4-120938-0

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This book can provide a basis for evidence-informed programming and policies for youth. It offers a systematic review of the accumulated evidence, from two decades of programming, for the effectiveness of interventions to prevent the spread of HIV among young people in developing countries. Using a standard methodology, authors reviewed the evidence from 80 studies of interventions delivered that reach young people .

Interventions graded as 'GO!' and 'Ready' for wide-spread implementation include:

In schools: Curriculum-based interventions, led by adults, that are based on defined quality criteria, can have an impact on knowledge, skills and behaviour

In health services: Increasing young people's use of services by training service providers, ensuring that facilities are 'adolescent-friendly' and creati demand community support

In the mass media: Behaviour change communications that employ a range of media and build on principles of good practice

In communities: Working through existing organizations and stuctures to reach young people with interventions tailored to them.

For young people most at-risk: Interventions that provide information and services to key groups through static and outreach facilities