HIV/AIDS is a global crisis and young people, worldwide, are one of the most vulnerable groups. Within the youth population there is strong evidence that girls are particularly at risk. Although female vulnerability to HIV infection is now acknowledged, there are few research studies that focus specifically on issues of gender and youth in relation to HIV prevention. We are a team of researchers (faculty and graduate students) working in several research sites and interested in participatory approaches to working with young people in relation to sexuality, HIV prevention and AIDS awareness. In our work we have a number of projects and research studies. The overall goal of this work is to develop gender-based analyses of HIV/AIDS that can be used in prevention programs with youth. For further information on our projects, please contact us at june.larkin@utoronto.ca.

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