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The Association of Positive Youth in Nigeria also advocated for the inclusion of HIV prevention into existing health and development programmes targeting adolescents and young people, including sexual reproductive health and rights, economic empowerment. mental health, sexual and gender-based violence, and education.

A representative of the group, Elizabeth Talatu, who presented a communique issued at the end of the 2024 HIV prevention conference organised by the National Agency for the Control of AIDS in Abuja, noted that the youths play a crucial role in shaping the national HIV response and stressed the need to harness their potential in accelerating and realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals and ending AIDS by 2030.

"We advocate for bridging the digital divide in the context of HIV prevention, recognising the transformative potential of technology in reaching vulnerable populations. We stress the need to ensure the health and rights of key populations living with HIV as a cornerstone for our prevention agenda by prioritising comprehensive care, empowerment, and advocacy for KP communities.

"We call upon governments, UN agencies, international organisations, civil society, private sector, youth-led organisations and networks, and all stakeholders to join hands with us in advancing the sustainable development goals and realising the aspirations of the targets by 2030," Talatu added.

Nkechi Onyedika-Ugoeze, The Guardian
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