Adolescent retention in HIV care within differentiated service-delivery models in sub-Saharan Africa

Lancet HIV. 2022 Oct;9(10):e726-e734. doi: 10.1016/S2352-3018(22)00137-0. Epub 2022 Sep 8.


Adolescents and young people living with HIV are at risk of disengaging from HIV care at all stages of the care cascade. Differentiated models of care offer simplified HIV-service delivery options in the hope of improving treatment outcomes, including retention on antiretroviral therapy. However, it remains unclear how successful and widespread these models are for adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa, where the burden of HIV is the greatest. Very few differentiated models of care specifically targeted to adolescents can be found and this priority group are currently ineligible from several models that exist. Where differentiated care has been made available to adolescents, data on the implementation and effectiveness of these interventions remain scarce. Despite this scarcity of evidence on the effectiveness of differentiated care among adolescent populations, several interventions, particularly community-based groups with peer navigators or supporters, might have potential to increase the reach, effectiveness, and adoption of differentiated care in adolescent HIV-care programmes.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Africa South of the Sahara / epidemiology
  • HIV Infections* / drug therapy
  • HIV Infections* / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Peer Group
  • Treatment Outcome