WAGGGS celebrates World AIDS Day

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30 Novembre 2005

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is celebrating World AIDS Day, now in its 18th year, along with several organizations around the world.

WAGGGS’ recent adolescent health survey, let’s talk about adolescent health, shows that 40 per cent of more than 6,000 girls surveyed see AIDS as the most important issue for WAGGGS. In addition, more than 70 WAGGGS Member Organizations are involved in HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs.

“WAGGGS takes the holistic approach to HIV/AIDS,” Chief Executive Lesley Bulman-Lever said. “Girls and young women need to have full knowledge of all methods of prevention so they can make their own decisions.”

Women are more likely to be infected in many areas of the world. In Sub-Saharan Africa a woman is 30 per cent more likely to become infected with HIV, and young women in the 15 to 24 age range are 3.4 times more likely to be HIV-positive.

Lesley Bulman-Lever said: “There is a sort of ‘AIDS fatigue’. Unless people recommit to the fight against AIDS we will have the same crisis as in Africa replicated all over the world. That’s my worst fear.”

World AIDS Day is an international event every 1 December to inspire people to be involved in and informed about the worldwide struggle against AIDS.

For more information, see www.wagggsworld.org/en/WAD2005