Girls, HIV/AIDS and Education
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Providing good-quality basic education and skills-based prevention education is fundamental to reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS, particularly for girls. Girls are at greater risk of contracting the disease, bear a disproportionate share of its burden and comprise the majority of new infections globally. Yet, because of persistent gender disparity, they are often denied an education and thus protection against infection. This joint project with The Global Coalition on Women and AIDS, provides graphic and tabular evidence that links sexual knowledge/behaviour and educational level among young people. It outlines three priorities that support schools in protecting girls and mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS: getting and keeping girls in school; proving life skills-based education; and protecting girls from gender-based school violence.