Link Up, 2015. 26 p.
Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS
The Link Up project, launched by a consortium of global and national partners in early 2013, is an ambitious three-year initiative that seeks to advance the SRHR of more than one million young people in five countries. Link Up distinctively works with young people most affected by HIV aged 10 to 24 years old, with a specific focus on young men who have sex with men, young people who do sex work, young people who use drugs, young transgender people, and young women and men living with HIV. It also seeks to amplify the voices of these young people through community mobilization and advocacy in national and global forums, particularly those informing the post-2015 development framework. As partners in the consortium implementing Link Up, Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA) and ATHENA Network led a consultation with young people living with and most affected by HIV. Nearly 800 people from every region of the world responded to a global online survey that collected quantitative and qualitative data in five languages, and over 400 young people participated in a series of community dialogues and focus groups with national partners in Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi, Bangladesh, and Myanmar. These face-to-face dialogues created a platform for young people living with and most affected by HIV to share their lived experiences of and hope for: accessing HIV and SRH services, including family planning and contraceptives; participating in decision-making both in their personal lives and in programming and policy; and, their vision for realizing their sexual and reproductive rights. In this document we share their voices directly, to inform clear and evidence-based advocacy messaging that can guide both global and national post-2015 negotiations, and national and regional-level programming.
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