AIDS-Free Generation

At the booth for a local NGO dedicated to protecting the rights of female sex workersnd gay men, one worker drew the ribbon symbol for HIV awareness on people's palms with the traditional mendhi dye.
A health worker draws the ribbon symbol for HIV awareness on people's palms with traditional mendhi dye.

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An AIDS-free generation can become reality.

For the first time in the history of the epidemic we have the knowledge and tools to achieve an AIDS-free generationWe have the tools and the know-how to make this objective a reality. UNICEF is working to achieve an AIDS-free generation by:

  • protecting the health of pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV
  • making sure that children have access to antiretroviral therapy (ART)
  • focusing on prevention and treatment during adolescence, so that children remain AIDS-free in the second decade of life
  • ensuring social protection and child protection, care and support through the first two decades of life

On November 29, UNICEF released Children and AIDS: Sixth Stocktaking Report, 2013. The report focuses on the response to HIV and AIDS among children in low-and middle-income countries and identifying key strategies to accelerate access to HIV prevention, treatment, protection, care and support for children and adolescents. Read the full report here.

Breaking the Cycle 

This disease affects non–infected children as well—many are left orphaned or grow up in communities overwhelmed by the disease. To protect children from the devastation of AIDS, UNICEF employs a multifaceted approach that includes: 

  • high-impact HIV prevention, treatment and care for adolescents
  • prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT)
  • increasing empowerment and reducing vulnerability through programs for HIV-affected adolescents 
  • addressing gender-based violence and gender inequalities
  • equitable quality education including comprehensive HIV knowledge
  • human rights advocacy and the promotion of enabling laws and policies
  • prioritizing at-risk adolescents who are at higher risk of HIV exposure

The AIDS epidemic began over 30 years ago, and the disease continues to prey upon millions of children around the world. More than 240,000 children became newly infected with HIV / AIDS in 2013.

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