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In many parts of the world, the HIV epidemic is young, poor, and female, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. The virus exploits the vulnerabilities in the lives of many girls and young women – including poverty, violence, lack of education, financial dependency and early marriage. Understanding these vulnerabilities and the real life circumstances that put adolescent girls at risk is key to reversing the very high rates of HIV infection around the world. Evidenced-based policies, programs and interventions must be prioritized. A multidisciplinary panel of researchers, advocates, and program managers will review available data and remaining gaps on adolescent girls, discuss the various challenges and share best practices for gathering evidence and designing programs and interventions that will help meet the unique needs of 10 -19 year olds.

18:30
THSA2201
Welcome and introduction
Eileen Yam, Population Council, United States
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18:40
THSA2202
Panel: Data gaps and research ethics
Sam Kalibala, Population Council, United States
Tajudeen Oyewale, UNICEF, United States
Martha Brady, Population Council, United States
John Santelli, Columbia University, United States
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19:10
THSA2203
Panel: Practical approaches and challenges with programs and research among adolescent girls
Georgina Caswell, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, South Africa
Sam Kalibala, Population Council, United States
Diana Amanyire, Marie Stopes International Uganda, Uganda
Robinah Babirye, Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV & AIDS, Uganda
19:50
Challenges of providing HIV-related services to adolescent girls
19:50
THSA2204
Panel: New prevention and treatment technologies for adolescent girls and young women
Martha Brady, Population Council, United States
Barbara Friedland, Population Council, United States
Sanyukta Mathur, Population Council, United States
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20:25
THSA2205
Closing
Eileen Yam, Population Council, United States
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