This Program Aims to Combat New HIV Infections in Lesotho

By: Katherine Pendrill - Jan 20, 2016
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The Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association (LPPA) is on a mission to combat new HIV infections in Lesotho by empowering women with the information to make informed decisions when it comes to family planning. In a country where the rate of new HIV infection is 10.5 percent for women between the ages of 15 and 24, the initiative could have a major impact on the future of the state.

The LPPA works to fill the gaps left by an inefficient government by educating young women about the risks of unsafe sex and their options when it comes to family planning. The organization specifically targets young women because they are the population that is most vulnerable to HIV infection. This is achieved through workshops in rural areas that educate women about contraceptives and other forms of birth control.

As the HIV crisis continues to intensify, the work of the LPPA is invaluable in educating young women and combating new HIV infections in Lesotho.