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International Journal of Public Health

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First Online: 25 October 2016Received: 26 May 2016Revised: 29 September 2016Accepted: 18 October 2016DOI: 10.1007-s00038-016-0914-9

Cite this article as: Dube, A., Harris, G., Gahagan, J. et al. Int J Public Health 2016. doi:10.1007-s00038-016-0914-9


ObjectivesThe Our Youth Our Response OYOR study explored the scope and accessibility of existing youth-oriented human immunodeficiency virus HIV and Hepatitis C HCV prevention in Atlantic Canada.

MethodsA cross-provincial, qualitative population health and gender-based analytic approach was used in this study. Four hundred and twenty-five documents were part of the initial scoping review, while 47 in-depth interviews across youth-relevant sectors were undertaken to explore the perceptions related to current approaches to youth-oriented HIV-HCV prevention policies and programs. The study also conducted focus group discussions with 21 key informants aimed at identifying strategies to address the challenges identified from the interview data.

ResultsFive overarching themes emerged from our triangulated data in relation to the present state of youth-related HIV-HCV prevention. These included: inter-organizational and intersectoral collaboration; youth engagement; access to testing; harm reduction; and education.

ConclusionsOur findings will assist in informing the next generation for HIV-HCV prevention aimed at youth. Specifically, the results indicate that future prevention initiatives should support the use of intersectoral collaboration, gender-based approaches, and HIV-HCV testing innovation to help de-stigmatize prevention efforts.

KeywordsIntersectoral collaboration Gender HIV and HCV prevention  Download fulltext PDF

Author: Anik Dube - Greg Harris - Jacqueline Gahagan - Shelley Doucet


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