October 6, 2021
New research from AVAC and partners shows promising approaches to reach adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) with comprehensive and integrated services for HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health (SRH), including expanding access to existing and future PrEP products. Assessments in Kenya, Malawi and Zimbabwe reveal lessons that can be applied across countries and identify areas for further investment to spur integration. Integration of HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Era of ARV-Based Prevention: Findings from assessments in Kenya, Malawi and Zimbabwe is now available on Gates Open Research.
Join us and representatives from the Ministries of Health in Kenya, Malawi and Zimbabwe, Pangaea Zimbabwe AIDS Trust (PZAT) and Georgetown University’s Center for Innovation in Global Health for a webinar on October 14, 8-9am ET / 2-3pm CAT / 3-4pm EAT to discuss these findings, progress to date and context-specific realities. Register here for the webinar.
Though substantial progress has been made to curb the HIV epidemic over the past decade, high rates of new HIV infections persist among AGYW in sub-Saharan Africa, reflecting critical gaps in reaching them with integrated HIV prevention and SRH services. With the scale-up of oral PrEP, and introduction of novel HIV prevention products on the horizon, countries have a unique opportunity to expand innovative approaches to deliver HIV/SRH services and improve health for millions of people.
There is still much to be done to fully realize the integration of HIV prevention with SRH. SRHintegration.org and www.avac.org/advance-hiv-srh-integration offer resources to inform advocacy for policies and programs to make these changes a reality.