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ViiV Expands Optimum Health Literacy and Outcomes to HIV Youth

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Aug. 10 /CSRwire/ - ViiV Healthcare announced today it will award six new grants designed to help improve the lives of young people living with HIV through its Positive Action for Youth program. The program, which builds on ViiV Healthcare’s ongoing youth-focused programming and outreach, is a two-year, $1 million grant commitment in U.S. mentorship programs for youth aged 13–24 living with HIV as they enter and begin to navigate adult care.

Recent research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that youth living with HIV in the U.S. have gaps in care due to a lack of knowledge and skills to maneuver through the HIV care continuum, where it is estimated that approximately one-third of youth did not link to care within one month of HIV diagnosis — the lowest rate for any age group.1

Mentorship programs may help youth (as young as 13 years) begin to develop the skills including health literacy, confidence and self-efficacy needed to successfully manage their own healthcare as adults.2,3 “Positive Action for Youth is a testament to our long-standing commitment to help improve health outcomes for young people living with HIV,” said Ashley Mahoney, senior manager, External Affairs, and Positive Action for Youth program lead, ViiV Healthcare. “We are proud to support organizations dedicating programs for young people living with HIV and look forward to seeing their outcomes over the next two years.”

The Positive Action for Youth program aims to increase youth mentorship services and fulfill a critical unmet need for youth living with HIV. Five organizations receiving funding through the program are developing new or expanding existing mentorship programs that support youth living with HIV to successfully enter adult care. The program will also support one organization that will lead the design and facilitation of a toolkit and guide about youth mentorship best practices.

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