Young people in Canada are increasingly affected by HIV and Viral Hepatitis co-infection. Young people face unique barriers to treatment access as a result of age-related discrimination in health service delivery, as well as factors related to cultural practices and norms, historical trauma, sexual violence and misinformation about HIV transmission and treatment. Indigenous young people, young people from African and Caribbean countries, and young people who use drugs, are particularly affected by HIV and Viral Hepatitis.
Tools for Access workshops for young people living with HIV will provide information on access barriers affecting this population and offer training in tools and strategies for proactively claiming rights to treatment and related support services. Tools for Access programming will also target service providers working with young people to enhance capacity for addressing identified barriers to treatment access and to address stigma and discrimination in health policy and service delivery.