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In too many countries an offical conspiracy of silence about AIDS has denied people information that could have saved lives. We must empower young people to protect themselves through information and a supportive social environment that reduces their vulnerability to infection.

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In Mozambique, where over 500,000 young people have HIV, Adriano Matsinhe teaches AIDS awareness in a UNICEF-supported programme he founded.

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Although most young people become healthy and productive adults, many do not. Behaviors begun in adolescence can critically shape a life's course as well as the future of a whole society.

Some behaviors cause immediate danger; others, like a time bomb, can cause damage years later without warning.

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