Atlas of adolescents and HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean

A variety of interventions implemented by Governments or civil society, HIV-specific or with a broader adolescents and sexuality approach


For adolescents, UNICEF works on preventing HIV transmission among adolescents as well as on increasing the number of adolescents living with HIV who have access to comprehensive care, treatment, and support. This is no doubt one of the areas in which we need to accelerate our response: HIV is the second cause of death among adolescents declined in the past 10 years by close to 40% in the general population, they increased by 50% among adolescents. This is unacceptable.

It is in the context of our work with adolescents that we realized how important is to learn from what is being done at the local and country levels.

In every country in Latin America and the Caribbean there are excellent initiatives, which are making a difference in the response to HIV and in the lives of concrete adolescents, but which are mostly unknown outside those countries.

Capturing at least a sample of those practices and interventions can contribute to generate the knowledge and understanding on adolescents and HIV that the region needs, both for cross-learning among countries and for advocacy purposes.

This modest Atlas includes a great variety of interventions: implemented by Governments or civil society: HIV-specific or with a broader adolescents and sexuality approach; supported by UNICEF or not; studies, manuals, guidelines, provision of services, rapid testing for key affected populations, conformation of a network of young people living with HIV, information for adolescents, information for families, sexuality education, disclosure to children, procurement of rapid tests, children with disabilities and sexuality, LGBT adolescents… all those and many others are part of this Atlas.

This collection is complemented by two sets of country profiles, one on Adolescents and one on HIV/AIDS. In these profiles, we have attempted to capture in a visually attractive manner a number of key indicators that provide another snapshot of country realities. Again, they do not attempt to be exhaustive but include a series of indicators that are relevant, solid and comparable.

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