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Scalway, Thomas
Young Men and HIV: Culture, Poverty and Sexual Risk
UNAIDS - Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and The Panos Institute, Geneva, July 2001, 51 pp

Reproduced with kind permission of Panos.


"Many factors drive the international AIDS pandemic. They include risk behaviours, such as sex with more than one partner and without a condom, and social conditions, such as poverty, that discourage people from protecting themselves. But one of the strongest influences on how quickly the epidemic spreads is the sexual behaviour and attitudes of men. This report explains the critical role that young men play in the global AIDS pandemic. It highlights how they have been largely ignored in HIV interventions to date and explains how this exclusion could have devastating results in the long-term. It investigates the challenges young men face and looks at the most effective ways of addressing their needs. Above all this is a resource for policymakers, for the media and for service providers. It is intended to catalyse debate and to inform prevention and policy initiatives that will encourage and enable young men and their partners to protect themselves, each other and their children from this epidemic."

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