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There is a way to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS: We must focus on young people. More than half of those newly infected with HIV today are between 15 and 24 years old. Yet the needs of the world’s 1 billion young people are routinely disregarded when strategies on HIV/AIDS are drafted, policies made and budgets allocated. This is especially tragic as young people are more likely than adults to adopt and maintain safe behaviours.
This landmark report contains important new data about why young people are key to defeating the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, including results from more than 60 new national surveys. It reaffirms that we must accord top priority to making investments in the well-being of young people and to engaging them in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Produced by UNICEF, UNAIDS and WHO, the report is the first comprehensive look at the knowledge and behaviour of people aged 15 to 24 relating to HIV/AIDS.