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Prevention/Epidemiology

Campaigns Aim to Encourage Senegalese Youth to Get Tested for HIV

October 7, 2005

Campaigns are underway in Senegal to encourage more young people to get tested for HIV, IRIN News reports. Young people between ages 15 and 24 accounted for half of all new HIV cases in 2004, but only 3,500 people were tested for the virus, according to the country's Ministry of Youth. Papa Amadou Niang Diallo -- who is involved with the youth ministry's campaign called "Youth are Getting Tested," which began Sept. 28 and will end Oct. 8 -- said, "There is an urgent need to have more young people tested." Yet young people are reluctant to do so because of the stigma surrounding the disease, according to the National Alliance Against AIDS. The organization is attempting to address the problem by offering training and discussion forums on HIV/AIDS to local health workers and the public that answer questions on the disease including where to get tested. Some Senegalese rap stars, such as Keyti and Khouman, are using their ability to communicate with young people and high-profile status to raise awareness about the importance of HIV testing (IRIN News, 10/5).

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Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, search the archives, or sign up for email delivery at www.kaisernetwork.org/dailyreports/hiv. The Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report is published for kaisernetwork.org, a free service of the Kaiser Family Foundation, by The Advisory Board Company. © 2005 by The Advisory Board Company and Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.



  
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