Adolescents and young adults (AYA) are disproportionately impacted by HIV in the US. A combination of individual, social, and structural barriers such as stigma in accessing HIV testing, effective preventions such as PrEP, and HIV care drive this disparity. In San Francisco (SF), AYA represent 14% of new HIV diagnoses and have the lowest PrEP uptake of any age group. To address this gap, the Adolescent + Young Adult Committee was established to bring stakeholders together to develop a strategy to reduce new HIV infections, deaths, and HIV stigma among AYA in SF.
The Committee seeks to expand HIV testing and linkage to HIV prevention services, including PrEP and HIV care for AYA across SF using a status neutral framework.
We are working to ensure all San Francisco youth are tested for HIV at least once before reaching 25 years of age.
1. Increase HIV status awareness
2. Increase linkage to PrEP and other HIV prevention services
3. Increase linkage to rapid initiation of treatment
4. Reduce HIV-related stigma through a city-wide health campaign
- Targeted HIV testing opportunities
- Deliver QI/CBA HIV testing trainings to healthcare providers caring for adolescents and young adults across systems in SF
- Develop a youth-facing sexual health promotion social media/print campaign with youth involvement