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Dec 1, 2012
Getting to Zero: What will it take to get to an AIDS Free Generation?
Each year, December 1 marks World AIDS Day, when activists around the world come together to raise awareness of the global HIV epidemic, fight stigma and discrimination, and advocate for increased efforts to support comprehensive HIV education and prevention.
The ongoing theme of “Getting to Zero,” supported by UNAIDS’ multi-year HIV/AIDS strategy for Zero New Infections, Zero AIDS Related Deaths, and Zero Discrimination, is an opportunity for young people to speak out about how to get to an AIDS Free Generation. Thirty years into the epidemic, we are seeing notable declines in HIV prevalence among young people, as described in the recent UNAIDS report, Results. This is fabulous news! At the same time, our efforts to prevent HIV must not falter when 40 percent of all new HIV infections are still among youth age 15-24. According to the report: “Young people are a fulcrum. They remain at the centre of the epidemic and they have the power, through their leadership, to definitively change the course of the AIDS epidemic.” It goes on to urge young people to engage in and lead the fight against HIV.
To find out more about World AIDS Day, go to http://www.worldaidscampaign.org/world-aids-day/
To read the new UNAIDS report, go to: http://www.unaids.org/en/media/unaids/contentassets/documents/epidemiology/2012/gr2012/JC2434_WorldAIDSday_results_en.pdf.
From December 1-7, Advocates will host its annual World AIDS Day Blog-a-thon on Amplify. Young people need to be involved in building the roads that can take get us all the way to an AIDS Free Generation – that means engaging in policy dialogue to inform laws and funding on HIV/AIDS; participating in program design, implementation and evaluation; and reaching out to other young people and adult allies to raise awareness about the needs of young people and what works to empower young people to prevent new infections.
This World AIDS Day, make YOUR voice heard by blogging on Amplify! What are the best ways to prevent new infections among young people? What constitutes youth-friendly HIV services? What is needed to address the particular needs of young women and girls? Of young people living with HIV? Of young gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth? Of disabled youth? Of ALL young people? What policies are needed to provide an enabling environment in which all young people can access sexual and reproductive health information and services free of discrimination and stigma?
You can speak out by joining Advocates’ World AIDS Day Blog-a-thon! Post a blog or a picture here to share your perspectives about an AIDS Free Generation.
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Learn More about US and global HIV/AIDS by clicking on Advocates for Youth’s fact sheets here:
Young People Living with HIV Around the World
Youth and the Global HIV Pandemic