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Global success in combating HIV/AIDS must be measured by its impact on our children and young people. Are they getting the information they need to protect themselves from HIV? Are girls being empowered
to take charge of their sexuality? Are infants safe from the disease, and are children orphaned by AIDS being raised
in loving supportive environments? These are the hard questions we need to be asking. These are the yardsticks for measuring our leaders. We cannot let another generation
be devastated by AIDS.
-- Carol Bellamy
Executive Director, UNICEF
| 11.8 million young people (aged 15-24) live with HIV/AIDS.
More than half of those newly infected with HIV are between 15 and 24 years old. Each day, nearly 6,000 young people between the ages of 15 and 24 become infected with HIV/AIDS. Yet only
a fraction of them know they are infected. |
In areas where the spread of HIV/AIDS is declining, it is primarily because young men and women are adopting safe behaviors
that protect them from getting infected. Young people have demonstrated that they are capable of making responsible choices and protecting themselves when provided with proper support and information. Not only are they more likely than
adults to adopt and maintain safe behaviors, they have also been effective in educating and motivating others to make safe choices. Young people are at the centre of this crisis and play an important role in defeating this disease.
Although we know that educating young
people about HIV is a critical part of the fight against
this disease and that a majority have heard about AIDS,
many do not know how HIV is spread or how to protect themselves
from this disease. Moreover, many do not believe they are at risk.
Misconceptions about HIV/AIDS are widespread among young people and
vary from culture to culture. Surveys from 40 countries
indicate that more than 50% of young people aged 15 to 24
have serious misconceptions about how HIV/AIDS is transmitted.
Many young people around the world do not know
the three primary ways to avoid sexual transmission of the disease:
- Abstain from sex of any kind
- Be faithful to one person who has been tested and is not infected with HIV
- Use a condom every time you have sex.
People and HIV/AIDS: Opportunity in Crisis a joint report by UNICEF,
UNAIDS, and WHO
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This comprehensive training manual, developed by Health and Human Development Programs ( a division of Education Development Center, Inc.) for
Education International and the World Health Organization contains learning activities, factsheets about AIDS,
an overview of health education and life skills, and many more resources. These tools can strengthen the
teaching and advocacy skills of educators who are working to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in their schools and
Other HIV/AIDS publications written for use in schools by Health and Human Development Programs are also available.