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Getting To Zero: 13 Steps To An AIDS-Free Generation

Globally, 35 million people have HIV and for World AIDS Day 2015, learn what you can do to help create an AIDS-free generation.

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1. Promote gender equality and women's empowerment:

Women are disproportionately affected by HIV compared with men.
USAID

Women are disproportionately affected by HIV compared with men.

2. Fight gender based violence:

28-38% of girls report unwanted sexual experiences before age 18.
AIDSFree

28-38% of girls report unwanted sexual experiences before age 18.

3. Encourage testing:

55% of people living with HIV do not know their status.
AIDSFree

55% of people living with HIV do not know their status.

4. Improve the quality of HIV testing services in order to reach more people living with HIV

USAID

5. Stop mother-to-child transmissions:

900,000 children have remained HIV free since 2009 because of mothers getting the right treatment at the right time.
USAID

900,000 children have remained HIV free since 2009 because of mothers getting the right treatment at the right time.

6. Use condoms to prevent the spread of HIV and other STIs

AIDSFree

7. Improve the quality and effectiveness of prevention programming for adolescent girls and youth:

7000 adolescent girls in eastern and southern Africa are infected with HIV every week.
USAID

7000 adolescent girls in eastern and southern Africa are infected with HIV every week.

8. Increase gender-equitable access to education, income and healthcare:

Gender-equitable access to income, education, and HIV services, such as prevention, testing, and treatment can be the difference between life and death.
AIDSFree

Gender-equitable access to income, education, and HIV services, such as prevention, testing, and treatment can be the difference between life and death.

9. Educate others about the success of voluntary medical male circumcision:

This reduces the risk of contracting HIV by up to 70%.
USAID

This reduces the risk of contracting HIV by up to 70%.

10. Celebrate progress:

Death rates of AIDS has fallen by 42% since 2004
AIDSFree

Death rates of AIDS has fallen by 42% since 2004

11. Support prevention and treatment research and the search for an HIV vaccine

Dominic Chavez/World Bank

12. Fight the stigma: anyone can contract HIV

There are multiple ways to contract HIV, from sex to blood transfusions and any person at any age is susceptible.
World Bank

There are multiple ways to contract HIV, from sex to blood transfusions and any person at any age is susceptible.

13. Know that HIV can be managed with Medication

Antiretroviral therapy has turned HIV into a chronic illness.
USAID

Antiretroviral therapy has turned HIV into a chronic illness.

This World AIDS Day, add your voice to the cause. Tweet with #WAD2015 to show your support for an #AIDSFreeGen.

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