UNESCO and partners launch infographic drawing attention to barriers to HIV testing among young people in Asia and the Pacific
The sooner that a young person is tested for HIV, the sooner they can access life-saving treatments, and testing is also a key entry point to prevention. In many countries in the Asia-Pacific region, a young person under 18 to consent to an HIV test unless they have consent from a parent or guardian. But for many young people involving their parents in the decision to have an HIV test could be disastrous. Many young people will be reluctant to tell their parents that they’ve been having sex or that they’ve been using drugs. They fear their parents’ judgment and rejection, they may also fear violence or being kicked out of home, particularly for behaviours that are often stigmatized like drug use and same-sex relations.