Youths make the system thrives. Their involvement in the ending AIDS agenda can happen with the active engagement of young people to help address the current gaps in reaching the 2030 target.

What are the grounds left to cover?

Youth voices and peer education are lethal weapons in to fight against the HIV epidemic. The young population is one of the most susceptible populations to HIV. They are also competent enough to make the right decisions to protect themselves when empowered with the necessary information and skills. Youths who engage in HIV work are able to educate, sensitize and motivate their peers to make safe choices. They are also important agents in the design and delivery of programs and services for their peers. In addition, their active engagement in the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of research and programs helps ensure the needs of young people are addressed.

Young people can lead.  By working as part of policy decision-making bodies like technical working groups, and HIV prevention networks among others, they are able to collect and present data that represents the perspectives of young people. They can also advocate and mobilize their peers for change using media and channels that are most appropriate for the population.

Make young people the focus of HIV intervention programs. This will help countries gain the needed mileage to end the AIDS pandemic by 2030. Create training opportunities for young people. Meaningfully include young people in decision-making not only about themselves but about the country’s HIV responses. This helps ensure the sustainability of interventions.

When youths are empowered the global target of ending AIDS by 2030 will likely be achieved.