HIV/AIDS programming and sexuality of young people perinatally infected with HIV (PDF)
in Proceedings of the International Conference on Actions to Strengthen Linkages between Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS, Mumbai, 4-8 February
Publication date: 2007
This paper draws on preliminary data from an ongoing project implemented by TASO Uganda and Population Council, which aims to contribute to promotion of the sexual and reproductive health (SRH)rights of young people aged 10-19 years perinatally infected with HIV. The key argument in this paper is that HIV/AIDS programming in Uganda and elsewhere in Africa will need to acknowledge that thepopulation of young people perinatally infected with HIV is growing and to specifically target them. HIV/AIDS programming will also address the sexuality dreams and desires of young people perinatally infected with HIV by providing them with information and practical support to understand their sexuality as they grow. This information is critical to guide them to negotiate vital aspects of their sexuality, enjoy positive lifestyles, and avoid undesired consequences such as unwanted pregnancies, infection of others and self re-infection. Effective sexuality counseling should also be provided so that young people living with HIV can make informed choices and be able to balance responsibility with sexuality desires.