IYWG Publications

YouthLens is a series of briefs that summarizes the latest research and programmatic information on key issues regarding reproductive health and HIV prevention among youth ages 10 to 24.

Youth InfoNet is an electronic resource that provides abstracts of new journal articles and other publications on youth reproductive health and HIV prevention. It is sent by email to subscribers twice a month.

Other Publications

In addition to the YouthLens and Youth InfoNet series, the IYWG also produces reports, training guides, and provider tools on youth issues. Some examples include:

This guide helps readers to develop new, high-quality peer education programs for young people ages 10-24 years and to improve existing programs. Although the focus is on peers working with young people to improve their sexual and reproductive health, these guidelines can be applied more broadly to other types of peer education programs as well. This second edition of the publication provides updated technical content and incorporates information about addressing gender inequality in peer education programs.

Positive Connections: Leading Information and Support Groups for Adolescents Living with HIV (2013, 198 pages, 4.2 MB)
Positive Connections: Leading Information and Support Groups for Adolescents Living with HIV is a unique guide that provides facilitators with background information about the needs of ALHIV, tips for starting an adult-led information and support group, and 14 sessions to follow in a group setting. The goal of the guide is to help ALHIV:

  • Understand their HIV diagnosis and participate in the management of their care and treatment.
  • Learn that many young people live healthy and productive lives while living with HIV.
  • Identify strategies for positive living including adhering to their treatment regimen.
  • Prevent transmitting HIV to others; avoid re-infection; consistently use family planning to prevent unintended pregnancy; and learn how to avoid infecting their babies, if they want to start a family.
  • Develop life skills such as understanding their emotions, communicating effectively, dealing with stigma and discrimination, making decisions about their future, and improving their quality of life.

It’s About More than Just Sex: Curricula and Other Educational Materials on Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (2013, 15 pages, 2 MB)
On behalf of USAID's IYWG and updated in 2013, FHI 360 created an interactive toolkit comprised of high-quality curricula and supplemental materials designed to improve youth sexual and reproductive health. Examples of adult- and peer-led (or youth-led) curricula are included to provide youth-serving organizations with user-friendly educational resources which can be used in a variety of program settings. Published by internationally recognized global health or academic organizations as well as country-based programs, all materials are available online or by mail free of charge or at minimal cost. Materials are culturally adaptable and appropriate for low-resource settings, and are specific, structured, targeted, and medically accurate.

Download the reduced-size Word version here (2013, Word, 661 KB)

Promoting Partner Reduction: Helping Young People Understand and Avoid HIV Risks from Multiple Partnerships (2012, 108 pages, 21.5 MB)
On behalf of USAID’s Interagency Youth Working Group, FHI 360 produced a curriculum entitled Promoting Partner Reduction: Helping Young People Understand and Avoid HIV Risks from Multiple Partnerships (PPR). This resource was developed with the late Dr. Doug Kirby of ETR Associates. PPR engages young people in this oftentimes taboo topic with a set of evidence-based activities that help positively affect their knowledge, values, skills, and intentions to reduce multiple sexual partnerships. Promoting Partner Reduction was designed to be used by educators or program implementers in conjunction with a broader youth sexual and reproductive health curriculum to improve the focus on partner reduction as a way to avoid HIV risks.

Evidence-Based Guidelines for Youth Peer Education (2010, 62 pages, 481 KB)
These guidelines, developed in 2009 by Family Health International (FHI) with content support from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Tanzania, UNFPA, Y-PEER, and experts around the world, offer information on evidence-based practices and guidance on how to apply these practices to current youth peer education (YPE) programs.  The guidelines provide practical information on the planning, implementation, management, and evaluation of YPE programs and make specific reference to available evidence and real world examples from YPE programs globally. When applied to a new or existing YPE program, the Guidelines for Action have the potential to improve the quality of that program and to signify to donors and others that the program is formed around evidence-based practices.  The guidelines are relevant to policy-makers, program managers, supervisors, trainers, and the peer educators themselves.

Young People Most at Risk of HIV (2010, 100 pages, 1.3 MB)
This report calls attention to young people ages 10-24 within the populations considered most at risk of HIV infection: men who have sex with men, those who sell sex, and those who inject drugs. Despite the growing attention that has been given to programming for these groups, little explicit focus has been given to the needs of young people in these populations. At the same time, efforts to prevent HIV among young people have tended to focus on the general population. As a result, young people in most-at-risk groups are often not targeted in either type of programming. This report is based on the 2nd annual meeting of the IYWG in 2009, which focused on young people most at risk of HIV, and on additional material from literature reviews and field experiences. The paper concludes with suggested actions for addressing the needs of vulnerable and most-at-risk young people.

Training Guide for HIV Counseling and Testing for Youth: A Manual for Providers - English (142 pages, 919 KB)

French (144 pages, 1.32 MB)
This guide was developed to train providers to use HIV Counseling and Testing for Youth: A Manual for Providers (see resource below). The training guide emphasizes an integrated approach to counseling youth during HIV testing. It features interactive exercises, participant practice sessions, PowerPoint slides, and other training tools. Among topics covered are an introduction to integrated counseling and testing services, clinical and nonclinical models of counseling and testing, major steps in providing integrated counseling and testing, an overview of sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy prevention methods, social marketing, and community support for integrated youth services. (Interagency Youth Working Group, 2008)

HIV Counseling and Testing for Youth: A Manual for Providers (87 pages, 496 KB)

French (51 pages, 560 KB)
Arabic (96 pages, 1.87 MB)
This manual provides:
  • Step-by-step information for using a counseling and testing model for youth in general or specialized clinical settings
  • Information on how to counsel youth and use youth-friendly service approaches
  • Resources to help meet the broader sexual needs of youth, including information on contraceptive options and sexually transmitted infections
  • Tips and role-plays to use with young people on abstinence, being faithful, and using condoms
  • A guide for creating a referral network and more (Family Health International/YouthNet, 2004, updated 2007)

Faith-based Family Life Education Curricula (Christian and Muslim)These curricula contain a six-workshop guide and a participant handbook designed for a Christian or Muslim audience. The workshop structure encourages open discussion about sexuality, reproductive health, and HIV in the context of faith communities. They provide a forum to clarify Christian and Muslim values around these topics, while providing accurate technical information. 

This handbook by Family Health International provides an introductory resource for adults working with youth in a Christian faith context. It is adapted from the participant handbook from the curriculum above, which is used in a training series with six, day-long workshops. The 20 sections in this handbook are grouped according to the first five workshop topics. This handbook is an easy-to-use resource, providing basic information and guidance without a formal training curriculum.