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HOME: POPULATION ISSUES: PREVENTING HIV INFECTION: HIV/AIDS Update 2002
Preventing HIV Infection
HIV/AIDS Update 2002
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World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is the culmination of a year-long campaign to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. It is celebrated every December with special events around the world. The campaign theme for 2001 was “I Care… Do You?”

  • More than 15,000 young people marched in Burkina Faso on World AIDS Day in December 2001, attracting the attention of policymakers to their message of individual and community responsibility with a youth declaration.


  • Television spots featuring celebrities aired on World AIDS Day in Ecuador, produced in cooperation with the Ministry of Health with UNAIDS. The First Lady called attention to the increasing threat of HIV infection, and a popular sports figure appealed to young men with a message about male responsibility and the risk of heterosexual transmission.


  • A peer education group in Estonia celebrated World AIDS Day with a performance of “Collection”, a drama exploring the challenges facing eight teenage girls. The Russian-language play toured Estonia for four months, featuring workshops that built on issues raised in the show including gender roles, HIV/AIDS and drug use.


  • Community leaders in hard-to-reach populations in three mountainous provinces in Viet Nam used World AIDS Day as the starting-point for information campaigns supported by UNFPA and numerous local NGOs. Surveys following the campaigns noted significantly increased knowledge on HIV prevention.

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