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Teenage boys and young men aren't often seen as vulnerable or in need of protection. If anything, they have a reputation of being a danger both to themselves and to the society they live in.

Statistics back this up – young men are the most likely social group to commit rape and be involved in violence, the most likely group to inject drugs, and the most likely to indulge in risky sexual behaviour. And it's precisely because young men take risks that they are, to a large extent, driving the HIV and AIDS epidemic.

Many campaigners now say that in order to turn the AIDS epidemic around, we must understand why young men continue to take risks despite knowing about the dangers of HIV and AIDS. Yet it's not often that young men get the chance to talk about how they feel about their own behaviour.

In this feature, Chris Mugalu, a young radio broadcaster from Uganda introduces us to some of the challenges that face young men growing up in Africa today.

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Panos London

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11/08/2001

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