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Sex, HIV and taboo: Overcoming HIV in conservative settings

SEX, HIV AND TABOO: OVERCOMING HIV IN CONSERVATIVE SETTINGS

“In our culture, when someone wants to go and buy condoms, they feel they can’t. Even when you go to shops and they have condoms, it is not easy to get them.” – Maryam, a 22-year old from Zanzibar HIV, sex and sexuality continue to remain social and cultural taboos in many regions of the world. In Zanzibar, Tanzania, the HIV epidemic is concentrated among young people, including those from key populations (in particular men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, and sex workers)...
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Men, boys, and HIV: Removing barriers to accessing services

MEN, BOYS, AND HIV: REMOVING BARRIERS TO ACCESSING SERVICES

Despite improved health prospects for people living with HIV (PLHIV), young people are still falling through the gaps of HIV services. Stigma, discrimination, prohibitive laws and a lack of targeted services are responsible for leaving young people behind in the fight against AIDS. In Zambia, the HIV epidemic is mature and persistent; HIV prevalence has remained largely unchanged since the mid-nineties at the height of the epidemic. Unlike women, boys and men have fewer entry points to access H...
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Youth Voices on HIV – Addressing gaps and showing the way forward

YOUTH VOICES ON HIV – ADDRESSING GAPS AND SHOWING THE WAY FORWARD

“It’s important for young people to speak out, because when you keep it inside, that’s when it kills you.” – Sindi, a young woman living with HIV This weekend will mark National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day— a day to draw awareness towards the lack of progress in reducing HIV infections among adolescents. However, it can’t just be about awareness, it must be about amplifying the voices of those most affected. That is why we are proud to launch IAS Youth Voices – an advocacy initiative ...
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