The World Youth Alliance White Paper on HIV/AIDS presents a person-centered response to an epidemic that has ravaged many countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. The white paper proposes evidence-based and person-centered treatment, such as the provision of antiretroviral drugs, and prevention strategies, namely a reduction in concurrent partners and a delay in sexual debut. These strategies reflect the capacity of the person to make responsible decisions and to stop the high-risk behavior that exposes him or her to HIV. They also reflect the science of HIV transmission, as the virus spreads quickly--particularly in the initial phase of infection, when there are often no obvious symptoms to alert a person that he or she has contracted HIV--from partner to partner in sexual networks that expose even monogamous people to the risk of contracting HIV. The white paper also evaluates harm reduction approaches that have not proven effective in generalized epidemics, such as condom promotion. The white paper ends with an evaluation of UNAIDS' harm reduction strategies and a call for UNAIDS to start emphasizing a person-centered response that reflects science and culture.
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A person-centered approach to HIV/AIDS is the best method to respect every person's intrinsic dignity. This infographic summarizes key elements for prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.