Monaco fights AIDS ignorance among young

Interactive AIDS advice for Monegasque students. The National Education Department for Youth and Sport (D.E.N.J.S.), the Red Cross of Monaco (C.R.M.) and Fight AIDS Monaco (F.A.M.) have joined forces on a common project – to inform students in the Principality about the prevention of AIDS and the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases. The last few years have seen a decrease in vigilance against the sexual disease among young people and an increase in the number of infected cases. Around the world today, 40 million people live with the AIDS virus. It is estimated that half of that number, infected with H.I.V., are those under the age of 25 years old. In France out of the 13,325 new cases diagnosed between June 2003 and January 2006, 28 per cent concerned young people under the age of 29, of which a majority are women. The interactive event, including ‘Zapping afternoons’, will inform and test young people’s knowledge of the disease and sexuality using computer games and questions. A number of health experts will meet with the young participants. The event will take place for BAC (final French high school exam) students Thursday May 3rd and Friday May 4th at the Théâtre des Variétés. 

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