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Young men and HIV

Young people are very vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. And it is the behaviour of men and young men in particular that drives the epidemic.

Physically they are more powerful, more likely to inject drugs and have more sexual partners than women. And young men's attitudes – to women, to sex, to risk in general – are key in spreading HIV.

This report argues that AIDS prevention programmes must target young men. Evidence shows that young men can learn responsible sexual behaviour. If they fail to do so, it says, it will be because society has failed its young people.

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