Approximately half of the deaths due to infectious diseases among young people (15-29) in the Americas are related to HIV. It is critical that interventions that combat the HIV epidemic take into consideration individual characteristics and circumstances of young people, such as age, sex, ethnicity, socioeconomic and marital status as well as geographical settings, with particular attention to vulnerable and most-at-risk young people.
PAHO provides technical cooperation to Member States to develop and strengthen health systems’ responses to ensure that young people receive timely and effective health promotion and HIV prevention, treatment and care through strategic information, disaggregated by age and sex, and policies, programs and services that respond to their specific needs. The Regional Strategy and Plan of Action to Improve Adolescent and Youth Health 2010-2018 calls for effective interventions at the country level to develop, implement and monitor standards for quality HIV-related services that are age-appropriate, accessible, equitable and acceptable to young people, with health care workers and related staff trained to provide services with respect, privacy and confidentiality. PAHO supports the inclusion of comprehensive sexuality education and promotion of a sexual health curriculum to help young people develop knowledge and skills to delay sexual initiation, limit the number of sexual partners and use condoms correctly and consistently.