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Enjoy your life. Stay safe: 25 000 young Ukrainians supported UNICEF and ANTIAIDS Foundation campaign

Kyiv, June 30, 2012 – Today UNICEF along with Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation have addressed the Ukrainian youth calling for them to "Enjoy life. Stay safe" in the framework of a charity concert dedicated to the fight against AIDS, featuring Elton John and Queen with Adam Lambert. 25 000 concert attendees in Kyiv wore bracelets as a sign of support for a safe lifestyle and the fight against AIDS. Written on the bracelets, one could also find the website address http://safeconnection.org, where young people can learn more on how to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS.

Ukraine continues to have one of the highest rates of new HIV infection. Adolescents aged 10-19 years in Ukraine are vulnerable to HIV infection. Young people are often more likely to practice risky behavior, utilize injection drugs, take part in unprotected sex and prostitution and be living and working in the streets. In Ukraine about 60% of young people aged 15-24 do not know how to protect themselves from the sexual transmission of HIV infection.

"Together with partners, UNICEF provides children and young people in schools and beyond, with the information that will help protect them from HIV infection. We help public organizations that work with vulnerable children to identify their problems and find possible ways to overcome them. UNICEF has supported a network of youth-friendly clinics to ensure access to voluntary counseling and testing on HIV for young people," - said Yukie Mokuo, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine.

The charity concert takes place in the FanZone in Kyiv on the eve of the Euro 2012 final game being broadcasting live on TV channels in Ukraine and Poland. Famous performers are coming to Ukraine to tell every Ukrainian "Your life is not a game! Let’s stop AIDS together ".

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About UNICEF: UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is the world leader in protecting the rights and interests of children. The Fund operates in over 190 countries to protect and support children from an early age through adolescence. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF mission in Ukraine commenced in 1997. More info: www.unicef.org.ua Join us on Facebook: facebook.com/UNICEF.Ukraine and twitter: @unicef_ua

About ANTIAIDS Foundation: Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation is the only Ukrainian private foundation committed to fighting AIDS. It operates solely on Ukrainian private donations and works in partnership with UN agencies, Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative, etc. The Foundation attracts the public attention towards the HIV/AIDS problems in Ukraine by implementing large-scale information campaigns in the mass media and providing direct support to people living with HIV/AIDS.

For further information, please contact: Yulia Yurova, UNICEF Ukraine, +38-044-254-2450, yyurova@unicef.org

 

 
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