Lyn’s Comment: A World Health Organisation article titled “Responding To The Needs Of Adolescents” states: “Adolescents face many barriers in accessing services to prevent HIV and unwanted pregnancy. Although national sexual and reproductive health and HIV programmes in most countries recognize the need to provide such services, concerted action is often hindered by a lack of clear understanding on how to reach adolescents with the information and services they need. There is often also discomfort about providing adolescents with such services.”
However we also hear that “almost half of the world’s new HIV infections occur among 15 to 24 year olds according to the latest UNAIDS statistics, largely as a result of unprotected sexual activity.”
Faith communities can play and important role in HIV preventions with young people, but has not always been very successful in doing this.