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Jugend, Lebensperspektiven und HIV-Prävention

Initiativen von Jungen für Junge

Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS

The Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA) is a youth-managed alliance of over 1,000 youth leaders and adult allies in HIV/AIDS. GYCA works to provide young innovators with the resources, connections, and support needed to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS amongst youth. GYCA networks HIV/AIDS youth leaders and adult allies worldwide to strengthen and empower the youth movement against HIV/AIDS. GYCA advocates for a human rights-based approach to HIV/AIDS interventions that includes full and accurate information, education and services.

GYCA and its partners are currently coordinating the YouthForce for the XVI Toronto International AIDS Conference, August, 2006, in order to make a collective voice of young people at the Conference heard.


Global Youth Partners

Global Youth Partners (GYP), an initiative which is youth-driven with support from UNFPA, aims to rally partners and stakeholders to increase investment and strengthen commitments for preventing HIV infections among young people, especially among under-served youth. “Young people need to be placed at the centre of the response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. There is no age restriction for leadership. Young people are assets, not liabilities, their voices need to be heard and their talents cultivated so they can be instruments for change.”


Advocates for Youth

Advocates for Youth is a non-profit organisation that creates programs and advocates for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health. For over 20 years, Advocates has provided information, training, and strategic assistance to youth-serving professionals, state and federal policy makers, youth activists and the media in the United States and in developing countries. The organisation endorses a philosophy of Rights, Respect, Responsibility® (3Rs). “Youth have the right to accurate information and confidential health services... Youth deserve respect… Society has the responsibility to provide youth with information and services and youth have the responsibility to make healthy decisions about sex.”



Youth InfoNet

Youth InfoNet is a monthly electronic source for new publications and information on youth reproductive health and HIV prevention. Youth InfoNet No. 23 features 29 Web sites that host collections of resources designed to assist adults working with youth on reproductive health and HIV issues. Youth InfoNet 19 features Web sites designed specifically for young people.


Eldis HIV and AIDS Resoure Guide

Eldis is a knowledge service from the Insitute of Development Studies (Sussex) with the objective to support the documentation, exchange and use of evidence-based development knowledge. The target audience includes development professionals, donor agency staff, policy-makers, NGOs, researchers, students, information workers, etc. he HIV and AIDS Resource Guide opens the door to a series of topic areas such as “adolescents” and “prevention” that provide a large range of resources on the issues.


Youth and HIV/AIDS – The Website

The website was developed by UNICEF in collaboration with Kaiser Family Foundation, BBC Service Trust and UNAIDS with the goal of providing policymakers, journalists, academics and activists with the tools to place the world's two billion young people and children at the centre of global and national HIV/AIDS policy, programme and investment strategies. This website is intended to serve as a knowledge resource and advocacy tool on the issue of young people and HIV/AIDS.



Our Voice, our Future:
Youth Important in AIDS Prevention

The report "Our Voice, Our Future" was written by young people from 12 nations under the sponsorship of Global Youth Partners and Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS. In publishing this report, UNFPA gives voice to young people around the world. Based on their own experiences, the report highlights shortfalls and challenges in the process of implementation of the Declaration of Commitment. The report concludes that AIDS education has improved worldwide, but more work should be done to educate young people about the disease. (United Nations Population Fund, June 2005)


At the Crossroads:
Accelerating Youth Access to HIV/AIDS Interventions

This publication highlights the ways in which young people remain at the centre of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Noting that many young people are at high risk of HIV infection, the publication documents how they lack access to critical youth-friendly information, skills and services for the prevention, treatment and care of HIV and AIDS. The publication concludes with recommended actions to support the substantial evidence that exists that prevention interventions targeting young people could significantly help curtail the AIDS epidemic. (UNAIDS Interagency Task Team on Young People and HIV/AIDS 2004)


Intensifying Prevention:
The Road to Universal Access

On July 2005 UNAIDS has developed a new policy on HIV prevention. The primary goal of this position paper is “to energize and mobilize an intensification of HIV prevention with an ultimate aim of universal access to HIV prevention and treatment”. The policy position paper outlines essential principles, policy and programmatic actions that are needed to get ahead of the HIV epidemic. The paper identifies central actions that must be taken to arrest the spread of new HIV infections. It identifies what needs to be done to bridge the HIV prevention gap, building on synergies between HIV prevention, treatment and care.

The foundations of the paper lie in the Declaration of Commitment of HIV/AIDS endorsed by all member states of the United Nations in June 2001, where governments from 168 countries committed themselves to reducing HIV prevalence among 15-24 year olds by 25%, and among infants by 2005. The paper consists of four main sections:

Section 1 "Why intensify HIV Prevention?" states that the trend of increasing numbers of people being infected with HIV year after year are a major concern, posing a major threat to the whole AIDS response. But while some exemplary work is being done, in most countries programmes are fragmented and haphazard, and coverage is poor. At present, prevention services reach only about 20% of people in need of them worldwide, and the epidemic continues massively to outstrip efforts to control it. Section 2 "Working for Success" identifies main principles of effective HIV prevention: All HIV prevention efforts must have as their basis the promotion, protection and respect of human rights including gender equality. HIV prevention programmes must be differentiated and locally adapted, evidence-informed and comprehensive in scope. HIV prevention is for life; therefore, both delivery of existing interventions as well as research and development of new technologies require sustained effort. HIV prevention programming must be at a coverage, scale and intensity that is enough to make a critical difference. Community participation of those for whom HIV prevention programmes are planned is critical in its impact. Section 3 "National Level Responses" identifies what national partners must do to scale up HIV prevention, and Section 4 describes the support that UNAIDS will provide towards this process.


Weitere Ressourcen sowie Projekte schweizerischer Organisationen finden Sie auf unserer Website unter den Themen „Prävention und Gesundheitsförderung“ und „HIV/Aids-betroffene Kinder und Jugendliche“: http://www.aidsfocus.ch/topics


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