Education key to ending AIDS

Published on September 28, 2012 at 6:12 AM · No Comments

"When we talk about HIV prevention, we tend to frame it as a medical challenge and of course it is one," UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe writes in the Huffington Post's "Impact" blog. "To accelerate the progress in the AIDS response we must reduce transmission and people's exposure to the virus," but "ending AIDS is as much a social challenge as a clinical one," he continues. "One of the clearest lessons of the past three decades is that illiteracy and poverty fuel the spread of HIV and that education can slow it," he states, adding, "Education -- not just sex education but literacy, numeracy, critical-thinking and global citizenship -- is the social equivalent of a vaccine, and it's already available for clinical use."

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