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Sexual health, including HIV

what-we-do_hiv-and-aids_articleMillions of young people are denied the right to information and advice on sexual health and HIV and this can have long-term and devastating effects on their lives.

Plan works with partners and communities to:

  • support quality reproductive and sexual health education and services
  • advocate for the rights of children and youths living in a world with HIV
  • provide prevention, care and support services to those living with HIV and AIDS
  • challenge beliefs and attitudes that maintain unequal power relations between the sexes.

We directly involve children and young people in all of our work, helping them to identify problems and find solutions.

In 2013, Plan trained 55,904 community health workers and traditional birth attendants, benefiting 10,777 communities.

HIV support

Plan advocates for more effective policies and actions that protect the rights of children. We work with communities and families to make sure those affected by HIV receive the care and support they need. We also advocate for children orphaned by AIDS to live with family members.

Our direct response programmes help communities in a variety of ways - from medical support to helping improve the livelihoods of families living with HIV.

Case studies

Learning to live with HIV

Learning to live with HIV

Meet members of a Plan-supported HIV and AIDS centre in Chiang Rai, Thailand, who are gaining the skills and confidence they need to turn their lives around this World AIDS Day.

Fighting HIV with Stepping Stones

Fighting HIV with Stepping Stones

Alexandra Villavicencio, an HIV positive mother from Guayaquil in Ecuador, has turned her life around and started fighting HIV in her community, with help from Plan’s Stepping Stones workshops.

Breaking barriers around HIV

Breaking barriers around HIV

Plan's work is helping to empower marginalised people like Mariatou - an HIV positive mother from Benin - to break down barriers and look to the future.