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Increasing adoption of and adherence to effective HIV prevention among high-risk adolescent girls and young women
Posted: Sep 19, 2018
Category: Women and girls Health

Increasing adoption of and adherence to effective HIV prevention among high-risk adolescent girls and young women

Qualitative Research Findings – August 2018

A brief update on the work being done by the Breaking the Cycle study to better understand and reach young people in South Africa with HIV testing, prevention and treatment. The presentation that you can download below, provides further insights on the following topics:

Prevention from an AGYW Perspective

  • AGYW view HIV prevention in the context of broader sexual health and relationship management goals, not as a separate journey or priority.
  • Messages associated with test and treat frame prevention as reactive.
  • Effective HIV treatment could reduce perceived importance of HIV prevention.
  • Preferences for prevention methods are not static.

Risk, Reward and Self-Control

  • AGYW process risk and rewards as feelings, not cognitive assessments.
  • Risk comes in transitory blips. Rewards of high-risk behaviour are ongoing.
  • A negative HIV test result can reinforce high-risk behaviour by sending the message that the current approach is working.
  • Prevention messaging needs to maintain a risk-reward balance.
  • Early and continuous engagement is required to strengthen self-control among AGYW, including the ability to cope with downsides of different methods.

Influencers

  • Negative views of AGYW and lack of empathy inhibit the effectiveness of positively-intentioned influencers.
  • The desire among AGYW for a feeling of safety can be leveraged by protectors to help AGYW forward or hold them back from healthy sexual practices.
  • A social support network to enable prevention practices is critical but often missing.
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Workshop event: Wits RHI’s AIP Best practices in HIV screening, treatment, care and prevention in adolescents and youth
Posted: Aug 28, 2018
Category: Adolescent Innovation Project Resources

Workshop event: Wits RHI’s AIP Best practices in HIV screening, treatment, care and prevention in adolescents and youth

This workshop was held on 24 August 2018 at the Protea Hotel, Parktonian, Johannesburg. Click here to view the agenda and view all of the presentations that were delivered at the workshop.

Strengthening Paediatric HIV testing
Posted: Aug 23, 2018
Category: Adolescent Innovation Project Resources

Strengthening Paediatric HIV testing

The aim is to increase Paediatric testing of children especially from the age of 19 months to 14 years. This is the age group not routinely coming to the facility for services and failing to test those that are coming, is a missed opportunity. The idea is to test every child coming through the entry points.

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