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GYCA World AIDS Report 2007

Research Report

Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS

February 6, 2008



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On December 1st, 2007, members of the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA) commemorated World AIDS Day with 104 local events in
34 countries. The goal of the events was to highlight the pressing need to build youth leadership and to listen to the voices of young leaders fighting HIV and AIDS in their communities. Despite the fact that 40% of the 2.5 million new infections each year occur in young people aged 15 to 24, young leaders are uniting to inspire others from our generation to take action against HIV and AIDS on our own terms - through street theater, care for AIDS orphans, peer education and work with young injecting drug users. GYCA events were organized in partnership with the World AIDS Campaign's "Take the Lead" World AIDS Day initiative.

In some countries, multiple events were held, often in collaboration with other organizations, networks, universities, and with local governments. GYCA members received an event organizing kit and materials from the World AIDS Campaign to prepare them for the day, and reported back on the proceedings with pictures and feedback from participants. We received reports from 48 individuals and organizations located in 21 different countries and are pleased to share with you a summary of their events.

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Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA)

GYCA is a youth-led international network of over 7200 young leaders fighting the spread of HIV and AIDS in more than 180 countries worldwide. GYCA is a program of the Public Health Institute with staff based in New York, USA, and Accra, Ghana. GYCA is supported by the MTV Staying Alive...