Developing Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe young women
Adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) face an increased vulnerability for HIV acquisition when compared to their peers. Globally, there are 18.8 million AGYW living with HIV, and young women age 15-24 are two to 14 times as likely to acquire HIV than males of the same age, dependent on country Around 6,000 young women become infected with HIV each week and in Sub-Saharan Africa, four out of five new HIV infections among youth age 15-19 years are in girls. Additionally, data show AGYW are a priority population to target in order to reduce new infections to reach HIV epidemic control.
The DREAMS program in South Africa is in 24 districts and eight provinces. The evidence-based programming offered includes:
- Comprehensive sexuality education, including condom education and distribution;
- Adolescent friendly HIV testing and counseling services;
- Life skills training and social asset building;
- Economic strengthening, skills training, and job readiness;
- Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP);
- Post-violence care, including HIV testing, emergency contraception, and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP); and
- Facilitating access to South African Government social protection services.