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Call to Action: Sign a Petition to Support Youth Participation in Global HIV/AIDS Decision-Making

May 18, 2011

Thirty years into the response to HIV, an estimated 3000 young people are newly infected with HIV everyday. Many young people living with HIV still do not have access to treatment and only 34% of all young people have correct and comprehensive knowledge about HIV and how to protect themselves.

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That is why more than 150 young HIV activists from across the world gathered for a three-day summit in Bamako, Mali, to rally a youth-led response on HIV in lead up to the United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS taking place in New York from 8 to 10 June 2011.

The summit gave youth from a variety of backgrounds the task of collaborating on a call to action document that is to be presented to the United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS in June. The desired effect in presenting the call to action is to influence negotiations and ensure that youth have a more integral role in the development of policy.

In order to maximize the impact of the call to action, the document is being endorsed on www.whatabouthiv.org and requires as many signatures as possible. Youth and adults alike are urged to include their names and become part of a revolutionary process that aspires to change the way youth are incorporated in important decision-making.




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