We have come a long way in the global response to HIV with world leaders working to end AIDS by 2030 under the Sustainable Development Goals. But we cannot do this without addressing the mental health challenges faced by people living with HIV.
Young people living with HIV often have worse treatment outcomes when compared to adults. Services are not youth-friendly and the needs of young people, including their mental health needs, are often neglected. Consequently, over 30% of new HIV diagnoses occur among 15-25-year-olds, and AIDS-related illnesses are the second leading cause of death for young people aged 10-24 globally.
STOPAIDS has collaborated with Newcastle University, Youth Stop AIDS, Restless Development and UNIADS to launch a special report that explored the mental health of young people living with HIV. To launch this global exploratory survey report we are holding a webinar discussion about mental health challenges faced by young people living with HIV and youth activists.
You can read the Summary Report here.
About the event:
Young people in today’s world face many mental health challenges, especially those living with and affected by HIV who have intersecting factors that impact their health and well-being. Youth campaigners in the HIV response face also face mental health challenges, particularly in tough political environments.
This webinar will attempt to better understand the key factors impacting the mental health of young people living with HIV (YPLHIV) and youth activists in the HIV response.
The webinar will take place on Tuesday 10th January 2022 at 1 pm UK time, and will include:
- The launch of a report based on a survey undertaken to explore the mental health of young people living with HIV (YPLHIV).
- A presentation from UNAIDS
- Perspective Spotlight from a Youth campaigner
- Perspective Spotlight from a young person living with HIV
- Learning session led by a mental health practitioner
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