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Consultation on strategic information and HIV prevention among most-at-risk adolescents. 2-4 September 2009, Geneva. Consultation report.
New York, New York, UNICEF, 2010. 65 p.The Consultation on Strategic Information and HIV Prevention among Most-at-Risk Adolescents (MARA) focused on experiences in countries where HIV infection is concentrated among men who have sex with men (MSM), injecting drug users (IDUs), and those who sell sex. The meeting facilitated the exchange of information across regions on country-level data collection regarding MARA; identified ways to use strategic information to improve HIV prevention among MARA; and suggested ways to build support for MARA programming among decision-makers.
[Unpublished] 2001 Dec 2 p.In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, a rapid increase of HIV infections occurs due to unsafe drug-injecting practices. Statistics from the Joint UN Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) reveal an estimated 250,000 new infections in 2001, bringing to 1 million the number of people living with HIV in the region. According to experts, the causes and consequences of the epidemic in the region are interwoven with other development challenges, including widespread unemployment, economic uncertainty, migration, gender inequity, and the steady collapse of public health services. However, with the epidemic still at a relatively early stage in the region, massive prevention efforts to reduce needle sharing among injecting drug users and to discourage risky sexual behavior among young people could rein in the epidemic. UNAIDS states the region also needs to employ vigorous prevention efforts to provide young people with such services as HIV information, condoms, and life-skill training. Hence, special steps are needed to include HIV-related information in school curricula and to extend peer education to young people who are out of school and without employment.