April 28, 2004
The report offers several national policy recommendations for curbing the spread of HIV among young people, including the implementation of national policies to protect children and young people from abuse, violence, exploitation, discrimination, trafficking and loss of inheritance, which can make them more susceptible to contracting or being affected by HIV. The report also recommends the implementation of "youth-friendly" health services, education and communication campaigns and calls for improving treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, which can increase the risk of contracting HIV. In addition, the report recommends the establishment of voluntary testing and counseling services and programs that ensure blood safety and supply and distribute condoms and sterile needles. "For those designing prevention programs for youth, it is also very important to remember that whatever the initial point of entry into a population, HIV eventually spreads through sexual transmission," the report says, adding, "Therefore, all young people need information on the risks of sexual transmission and means of protection, even if the region is not currently experiencing a sexually driven epidemic" ("World Youth Report 2003," April 2004).
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