Project YES! Youth engaging for success: report and training guides
Only about one-third of 15- to 24-year-olds living with HIV have achieved viral suppression in Zambia, a lower proportion than any other age group. Internalized stigma (self-stigma) including feelings of worthlessness, shame, and blame because one is living with HIV, had also been found to be common among HIV-positive adolescents in Ndola, Zambia. In addition, little is known about experiences of violence among adolescents and young adults (AYA), despite the fact that Zambia has one of the highest rates of partner violence in the world and violence has been associated with poor outcomes among adult women. This study examined the impact of Project YES!, a youth peer mentoring program, with well-trained youth employed at the clinic level, on improving viral suppression and reducing internalized stigma among HIV-positive AYA attending four HIV clinics in Ndola, Zambia.