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AIDS and young people

From the onset of the AIDS pandemic in the Eighties, it was inevitable that young, sexually active people would be hit hardest. Many are unaware of risks linked to sex such as HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Schools and health centres play a vital role in alerting young people to the dangers of HIV. This report looks at these and new initiatives outside the classroom – such as TV, radio, street theatre and pop groups – are beginning to get more effective messages across.

AIDS workers argue that until authorities seriously address issues of youth sex and sexuality, and involve young people in protecting their lives, tomorrow's generation remains at grave risk.

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