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SAVE 50,000 YOUNG AFRICANS FROM HIV INFECTION

Each year in sub-Saharan Africa, 1.8 million people are newly infected with HIV. Please help us to protect 50,000 young people from infection through our effective training, education and lifeskills programmes run through church and community groups.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2013 to 5:00 PM, 18 December 2013

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (299293)

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Campaign target

£12,000

Amount raised

£13,618

Donations

43

    Category

  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy

    Helping

Location

  • "It was a relief when my HIV test was negative but I now understand that that I can live differently. Thank you.‚Äù

    — George from Jos, Nigeria

  • ‚ÄúYoung people remain at the centre of the epidemic and have the power to definitively change the course of the AIDS epidemic.‚Äù

    — UNAIDS, World AIDS Day Report 2012

  • ‚ÄúThe successful delivery of sex education to young people is reliant on faith leaders in the planning and implementation of these programmes.‚Äù

    — Hanlon, B and Standley, EL (2012) 'Sexuality Education for Young People', Commonwealth Ministers Reference Book

  • "It was a relief when my HIV test was negative but I now understand that that I can live differently. Thank you.”

    — George from Jos, Nigeria

  • “Young people remain at the centre of the epidemic and have the power to definitively change the course of the AIDS epidemic.”

    — UNAIDS, World AIDS Day Report 2012

  • “The successful delivery of sex education to young people is reliant on faith leaders in the planning and implementation of these programmes.”

    — Hanlon, B and Standley, EL (2012) 'Sexuality Education for Young People', Commonwealth Ministers Reference Book

Situation

Sub-Saharan Africa: 23.5 million people are living with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). 1.8 million people become newly infected each year, mainly through heterosexual sex. The virus attacks and destroys the immune system. Untreated, HIV develops into AIDS and each year 1.2 million people die. There is no cure. Although anti-retroviral drugs slow down the progression of HIV to AIDS, only 6.2 million people have access to them. Prevention of infection is therefore an urgent priority.

Solution

HIV spreads in Africa mainly because of ignorance, poverty and gender inequality. ACET (AIDS Care Education and Training) trains church and community leaders to run their own culturally relevant HIV education programmes for young people and vulnerable adults in their communities. Key aspects include providing the facts about HIV transmission and lifeskills training to enable them to make wise and healthy choices about sex and relationships which minimise the risk of HIV infection.