Joint position on post-2015
31 March 2015
Young people living with and affected by HIV – especially young women and girls living with HIV, young people who engage in sex work, young men who have sex with men, young transgender people and young people who use drugs – belong to the most marginalized and stigmatized groups across the world. In many countries, the existence of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and men who have sex with men is ignored or denied.
This denial, in combination with discrimination, violence, punitive legislation, and harmful attitudes and norms around “appropriate” sexual behavior, poses a major barrier to young people’s ability to access quality health services and fully realize their human rights – including their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).