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The Intercountry Workshop on Networking and Partnership between Young People and Governments on HIV/AIDS Prevention for East and South-East Asian Countries was held in Bangkok from 18 to 22 March 2002. The Workshop was organized by the UNFPA Country Technical Services Team (CST) for East and South-East Asia in collaboration with the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) and the UNAIDS/SEAPICT. The theme of the Workshop was "Adolescent Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention". …
Over 60 million people who have been infected with HIV in the past 20 years, about half became infected between the ages of 15 and 24. Today, nearly 12 million young people are living with HIV/AIDS. Young women are several times more likely than young men to be infected with HIV. In nearly 20 African countries 5 percent or more of women ages 15 to 24 are infected. Such statistics underscore the urgent need to address HIV/AIDS among youth.
This publication is the result of the project funded by the UNAIDS Young People Commitment and CO-Responsibility in Preventing the Spread of HIV and AIDS. The primary objective is to include the perceptions of youth in the formulation and implementation of HIV and AIDS policies, thereby enhancing the involvement of youth in the containment of the epidemic. It is therefore intended to raise awareness by promoting strategies to respond to the HIV and AIDS epidemic, taking into account the participation of youth in the policy-making process and the implementation of preventive efforts.