HIV Prevention Interventions: A Big Turnoff for Youths?
New research states the obvious: When young people feel pressured or coerced to make lifestyle or behavioral changes, they’re not going to attend your multi-step interventions. Fear, guilt, threats to their autonomy and alienation won’t work.
So, let’s change our HIV outreach model.
HIV and Opioid Epidemics Chart Similar Paths
1) They both affect young people who are otherwise healthy. 2) They both cause people to face huge amounts of social stigma. 3) This stigma then compromises care. 4) And the death rates for the two epidemics are shockingly similar.
Researchers are now asking, ‘Can we use the same HIV human-rights approach we used in the 80’s for opioid addicts, or will they get left behind?’
HIV-Positive Youths Tend to Delay Their Entry Into Care
Between 30 and 45 percent of young people between the ages of 12 and 24 receive treatment for HIV when they already had a CD4 count below 350. That’s bad, say experts, because those with lower CD4 counts tended to have higher viral loads, making them more likely to transmit the virus to others.
UNAIDS Gets $2M to Expand Global HIV Treatment for Youth
Today, nearly 2 million adolescents and young people living with HIV globally are eligible for treatment. So, the MAC AIDS Fund has granted UNAIDS to expand its 2015 treatment initiative to address that. Click here for more info.
Is HIV Stigma Getting Better or Worse?
To the surprise of researchers in this new study, people living with HIV who are younger than 50 suffer from greater levels of stress and isolation than the older generation. Apparently older folks tend to get on better through social networks developed through the years, while younger folks say the blame game is often at play in their communities. Thoughts?
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The Men Who Want AIDS?
"The Men Who Want AIDS—and How It Improved Their Lives" is the attention-grabbing headline of a controversial yet in-depth feature by Out magazine.
How to Declare War on the New HIV Epidemic - By ACT UP New York
"1 in 2, could be you": The CDC shows more than half of young gay and bisexual men and transgender women may become HIV-positive by age 50…
Unless we act now.
"ACT UP is issuing a non-violent declaration of war against the new HIV epidemic—AIDS 2.0—and all of the institutions and organizations that do not mobilize to fight this second epidemic hitting our communities."
Stop Shaming Our Youth:
David Mixner on how being young and discovering you have HIV isn’t easy.