Today HIV/AIDS is one of the biggest challenges facing the world. The risk of getting the virus is particularly high for young injecting drug users, who are isolated, marginalized and often lack access to even basic prevention services.
This report contains information on ways to prevent sexually transmitted diseases through education in the greater Mekong sub region.
Drawing on an overview of research conducted for WHO's Department of HIV/AIDS, this paper outlines some of the issues that need to be addressed when working on HIV/AIDS prevention with young people.
Of the estimated 42 million people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) at the end of 2002, 19.2 million-or about 45 percent-were women (UNAIDS and World Health Organization [WHO], 2002).
The intent of the document is to provide a fundamental outline of the major issues relating to HIV and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the school environment, including educational efforts and policy principles.