HIV and Adolescence: Epidemiology and Care

by Rashida Ferrand
The quarterly update on epidemiology from the South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA) – Published: March 2016

3 pp. 70 kB

The remarkable expansion in access to ART globally since 2004 has transformed HIV from a life-threatening into a chronic illness. Improved survival as a result of ART has starkly highlighted the lack of preparedness amongst health systems to deal with the complex needs of children living with HIV as they grow older and enter adolescence. While the drive to increase coverage to ART needs to continue, there is also an urgent need for policymakers and healthcare providers to focus beyond the goal of prolonging survival and to concentrate ensuring that adolescents living with HIV achieve an optimum quality of life.

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