Young people, especially young women and adolescent girls, access combination prevention services and are empowered to protect themselves from HIV

Research shows most young people have inadequate knowledge of their SRH and lack access to youth-friendly services. This increases vulnerability to HIV and is one of the reasons behind their disproportionally high HIV rate. Of the 1.7 million new HIV infections reported in people 15 years and older, 36% occurred in the 15–24 year age group.

Adolescent girls and young women are especially vulnerable. In the eastern and southern Africa region, young women (15–24 years) accounted for 26% of new HIV infections in 2016 despite making up just 10% of the population. To address this, the Joint Programme sought to reinvigorate combination prevention and scale up access to youth-friendly SRH services and comprehensive sexuality education, along with measures promoting retention in school and a healthy transition to the world of work.

The Joint Programme led several landmark initiatives in 2016–2017 to revitalize the prevention agenda and make it more responsive to the needs of adolescents and young people, with a focus on adolescent girls and young women.

Find more details in the SRA report.

Outputs 2016-2021

3.1Targeted combination prevention programmes defined and implemented
3.2Country capacity to meet the HIV-related health and education needs of young people and adolescents strengthened




Targets and Milestones 2019 Progress
Percentage of countries with targeted combination prevention programmes in place

2021: 70%

2019: 60%

2017: 50%

All: 39% [34/88]

FT: 45% [15/33]

Percentage of Fast-Track countries that are monitoring the education sector response to HIV and AIDS

2021: 70%

2019: 60%

2017: 50%

FT: 61% [20/33]

Percentage of Fast-Track countries with supportive adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health policies in place

2021: 90%

2019: 90%

2017: 85%

FT: 88% [29/33]

Data source: 2019 JPMS country reports data. Final numbers may vary slightly.