WYA White Paper on HIV/AIDS
The World Youth Alliance White Paper on HIV/AIDS presents a person-centered response to an epidemic that has ravaged many communities, 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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More about the WYA White Paper Series
The World Youth Alliance’s compendium of white papers aims to provide a straightforward analysis of the most salient topics in global health policy discussions. White papers serve as an important tool to equip civil society and State representatives with accurate information about the law so that they may defend their positions in the international policy-making arena. A thorough understanding of the law along with evidenced-based information is necessary to enable international actors to develop policies that are both effective and appropriate to their national contexts, without bowing to the pressures of international politicking.
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