HIV prevention for the next generation Nduku Kilonzo, IAS Member and Executive Director of the National AIDS Control Council of Kenya

In this special interactive interview, Nduku highlights the key factors that make young people, particularly women and girls, vulnerable to HIV and how to address those challenges.

“HIV prevention and care are really two sides of the same coin. New infections among adolescents, especially young women, are on the rise in sub-Saharan Africa, and we must address the societal causes of these vulnerabilities.”
“We must invest and intervene in structural areas that will keep young girls in school, increase access to comprehensive sex education, and deal with the very real issue of gender-based violence.”
“I think one of the biggest lessons is that where governments are committed to movement in HIV prevention, that is where you will see the most success, you’ll see that things can move a little bit faster.”
“Involvement of adolescent girls and young women’s communities, families and male sexual partners can reinvigorate prevention approaches and increase health and well-being.”
“There is lot of community work that can reduce HIV incidence, STIs, and violence by challenging norms and stigma.”

Sources:
Image 1: UNAIDS (2017) ‘Ending AIDS: Progress towards the 90-90-90 targets’
Image 2: UNAIDS (2017) ‘Ending AIDS: Progress towards the 90-90-90 targets’
Image 3: UNAIDS (2016) ‘Prevention Gap Report’
Image 4: UNAIDS (2016) ‘Prevention Gap Report’
Image 5: The International AIDS Society-Lancet Commission report (2018) ‘Advancing global health and strengthening the HIV response in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals’
Image 6: Unitaid (2018) ‘Expanding HIV self-testing in Africa
Image 7: PEPFAR (2017) ‘Annual Report to Congress’
Image 8: UNAIDS (2018) ‘A condom crisis at the centre of the HIV prevention crisis’
Image 9: UNAIDS & The African Union (2015) ‘Empower young women and adolescent girls’