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Young leaders fighting AIDS

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© UNICEF B-roll Young people and HIV/AIDS

Anita is part of an army of young volunteers throughout India who have trained as peer educators to bring essential messages on the dangers of HIV/AIDS into communities often reluctant to talk about issues such as sexually-transmitted infections. Anita, who is studying to become a nurse, feels strongly that young people listen best to other young people.

“Adults keep advising and sermonizing with the youths so they are used to listening to adults, but then the effect has to be through our own fears, our own age group and our experience…”