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Improving Health Services for Adolescents Living with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Multi-Country Assessment

ED Pettitt
RC Greifinger
BR Phelps
SJ Bowsky


In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the aging of HIV-positive pediatric cohorts and growing numbers of adolescents on treatment, coupled with high HIV  incidence in this age group, means the number of adolescents living with HIV (ALHIV) will continue to grow. The clinical, psychological, social, and  reproductive health needs of ALHIV remain poorly understood and efforts to mobilize and advocate for their treatment, care, and support have been  inadequate. A multi-country assessment of the needs of ALHIV in SSA found that comprehensive, adolescent-friendly services that champion peer support and collaboration between health care organizations can foster successful transitions into adulthood for ALHIV. (Afr J Reprod Health 2013 (Special  Edition); 17[4]: 17-31).

Keywords: adolescents, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, youth friendly, peer support, sub-Saharan Africa