Youth engagement in developing an implementation science research agenda on adolescent HIV testing and care linkages in sub-Saharan Africa

Project Supporting Operational AIDS Research (SOAR), a United States Agency for International Development-funded global operations research project, involved youth living with HIV in a meeting to develop a strategic implementation science research agenda to improve adolescent HIV care continuum outcomes, including HIV testing and counseling (HTC) and linkage to care. The project convened a 2-day meeting of 50 experts, including four youth living with HIV. Participants examined the literature, developed research questions, and voted to prioritize these questions for the implementation science research agenda. This article presents the process of involving youth, how they shaped the course of discussions, and the resulting priority research gaps identified at the meeting.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Denison, Ju., Pettifor, Au., Mofenson, Ly., Kasedde, Su., Marcus, Re., Konayuma, Ka., Koboto, Ka., Ngcobo, Mm., Ndleleni, No., Pulerwitz, Ju., Kerrigan, De.