Global HIV leaders have committed to ensuring young people affected by HIV/AIDS play an integral part in shaping new research and policies to strengthen HIV prevention, testing and treatment in sub-Saharan Africa. The agreement was made during a special roundtable organised by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the charity Sentebale and its Co-Founding Patron Prince Harry.
His Royal Highness joined School Director Professor Peter Piot and Sentebale Chief Executive Officer Catherine Ferrier, along with other key global health figures to hear first-hand why youth in the region are failing to test for HIV and access the relevant follow-up care and treatment.
Sentebale ‘youth advocates’ from Lesotho and Botswana described the challenges of living with HIV, and the barriers that prevent young people in Southern Africa from knowing and managing their HIV status, including stigma, poor education and services that rarely engage with the reality of being a young person living with or at risk of HIV.
At the roundtable event, key representatives from organisations including UNAIDS, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, PEPFAR, and the International AIDS Society outlined commitments as to how they, as the leading figures in the AIDS response, could help address the needs of youth across the sub-Saharan African region.
Read the full article on Prince Harry’s visit on the LSHTM website.