HIV

When it comes to HIV and AIDS, it’s time to move the goalposts by working with youth to provide approaches tailored to their needs.

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HIV-RELATED DEATHS
ARE DECLINING FOR ALL AGE GROUPS
EXCEPT ADOLESCENTS

Estimated global number of AIDS-related deaths among children aged 0-4, children aged 5-9, adolescents aged 10-19 and young people aged 20-24, 2000 to 2013

In Southern Africa

Sources: words, words, words

Only

30%

youth demonstrate comprehensive
HIV KNOWLEDGE

Fewer than

30%

have ever TESTED for HIV
and received their RESULTS

Only

33%

stay on TREATMENT
for those who do test positive

Stigma and discrimination contribute to a fear of testing and a lack of support for HIV-positive individuals.

Adolescent girls are particularly at risk, and are more than twice as likely to become infected than boys of the same age. Gender-based sexual violence contributes to the spread of HIV; girls who have experienced sexual violence are 1.5 times more likely to contract HIV.

Our Solutions

Our Impact

Grassroot Soccer had compiled some of the most robust and comprehensive evidence of any organization globally that show we are affecting adolescent behavior change.

GRS Graduates are:

  • 5 times less likely

    than their peers to begin having sex between the ages of 12 and 15

  • 4 times less likely

    to have had sex in the last year

  • 8 times less likely

    to have had more than one sexual partner

  • 53% more likely

    to test for HIV

  • 2.5 times more likely

    to stay on treatment if they do test positive for HIV

  • 2.5 times more likely

    to undergo voluntary medical male circumcision

  • More informed

    about the risks associated with older sexual partners and multiple sexual partners

  • Less likely

    than their peers to stigmatize a classmate with HIV

  • Less likely

    to believe that violence in relationships is acceptable