The subregional meeting on youth and HIV was held in Mexico from February 27th to March 1st. The objective of the meeting was to strengthen the skills of young people in advocacy and it was organized by the Alianza Mexicana de las Juventudes con vih (Mexican Alliance of youth with HIV) and with the support of regional networks, governmental institutions and international agencies.
The objective was clear: to strengthen the skills of young people to identify and actively participate in decision-making spaces through advocacy.
“Spaces such as the subregional meeting have the potential to reach more young people in the HIV response, with a positive message, without the burden of stigma and discrimination,” said Javier Arellano, representative of UNAIDS.
Arellano also commented that the subregional meeting is intended so that youth bring to their communities advocacy tools and use them in the prevention of HIV and in the messages that convey in their communities.
On the other hand, the representative of the Alianza +, Raúl Montes, mentioned “that the participation of youth is very important in the HIV response, and it is necessary that instances working in the HIV response interact increasingly with youth to strengthen their capabilities”
Some other topics such as the importance of prevention from and for young people, the use of alternative spaces, such as sport and the arts to gain access to this population, the imperative implementation of the Ministerial Declaration on education and HIV, and the importance of focusing the response in most vulnerable populations such as the trans.
Finally, in this exercise of advocacy from youth, it was proven that youth should be closer to instances that accompany them in their process of strengthening and support them with intervention strategies into specific spaces.