Lebanon: Younger Generation Must Be HIV-Aware to Prevent Spread
August 13, 2009
The facts about HIV/AIDS can be a powerful weapon to thwart its spread. But in Lebanon, where statistics show most new HIV infections occur among people ages 20 to 30, getting the facts out can be difficult, experts say.
"Young people have always been an important target for us, but they are even more important now, because we've been encountering a younger age group being infected than ever before," said Dr. Mustafa Nakib, director of Lebanon's National AIDS Program (NAP).
As part of this renewed focus, NAP will collaborate with UNAIDS and the Regional Arab Network Against AIDS for an awareness event at the Jeux de la Francophonie Sept. 27-Oct. 6. In addition to informative pamphlets and media presentations, the outreach will include condom distribution and the opportunity to take a free, anonymous, rapid-result HIV test.
Daily Star (Beirut)
08.10.2009; Karah Byrns
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