In a letter to the editor for the New York Times, Judith Bruce, senior associate and policy analyst at the Population Council, makes the case for using evidence-based solutions that are girl-centered in order for HIV prevention efforts to be effective.
“Many prevention approaches — more condom use, adolescent-friendly health services, voluntary male circumcision — assume that young women have agency, equality, access and negotiating power. But this does not reflect their reality. A complex web of economic, social and health drivers often make protected sex unachievable for many girls,” said Bruce.
“We can genuinely make AIDS a crisis of the past only by using evidence-based solutions designed with girls at the center, like girl-only community clubs with locally recruited female mentors, community engagement and economic empowerment.”
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