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Title of Collaborative Activity:

Preventing HIV in Adolescent Girls and Young Women Taskforce

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In August 2014, the “Preventing HIV in Adolescent Girls and Young Women Task Force” was formed in response to a request from the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) to articulate PEPFAR/South Africa’s strategy to address the high rates of HIV incidence and infection in 15-24 year old females. Despite slight HIV prevalence declines over the past decade, young South African women continue to experience rapid increases in HIV infection rates beginning in late adolescence. Declining HIV knowledge and increased risk behavior, despite significant treatment scale up and the availability of new prevention tools, are concerning trends among young women. Representatives from NICHD, CDC, and other government agencies joined the OGAC-led task force to develop the strategy and implementation plan. In December 2014, PEPFAR launched the DREAMS initiative: DREAMS is an ambitious partnership to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African countries. The goal of DREAMS is to help girls develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe women.

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Committee, Advisory Group, or Work Group

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