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Youth are at higher risk of acquiring HIV than adults, and youth living with HIV have lower rates of accessing HIV treatment, being retained in care, and achieving viral suppression. Achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets requires engaging youth living with HIV in effective services. This interactive symposium brings together experience, expertise, and evidence of a consortium of USAID-funded projects—Project SOAR (Supporting Operational AIDS Research), Health Policy Project, Youth Power Action, and AIDSFree—and the Palladium organization to review gaps and priorities in care and treatment for youth living with HIV research; current HIV trends among youth ages 15–24; and existing programs and tools targeted toward this population’s needs. The meeting will open with youth experiences on barriers to HIV testing, treatment and care, followed by a dynamic discussion between youth, researchers, and implementers on the current research agenda and practical tools for effective and supportive care and treatment.

18:30
WESA2301
Welcome
Julie Pulerwitz, PATH, United States
18:35
WESA2302
Opening Remarks
Donna Futterman, Montefiore Medical Center, United States
Katlego Koboto, Baylor Botswana, Botswana
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18:55
WESA2303
Adolescents and HIV: Where are we now?
Catherine Barker, Palladium, United States
Julie Denison, Johns Hopkins University, Project SOAR, United States
Katongo Konayuma, Zambia, Zambia
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19:10
WESA2304
Learning and Sharing Your Status
Lisa Butler, University of Connecticut, United States
Sphilsile Motha, South Africa, South Africa
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19:20
WESA2305
Staying in Care and Taking Your Drugs
Stephen Okoboi, The AIDS Support Organization, Uganda
Josephine Nabukenya, EGPAF Ambassador, Uganda
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19:30
WESA2306
Transitioning to Adulthood
Rashida Ferrand, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Zimbabwe
Tinashe Chigadza, Zvandiri Africaid, Zimbabwe
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19:40
WESA2307
Questions and Answers
20:00
WESA2308
Closing Remarks
Linda-Gail Bekker, Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, South Africa