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2005-10-14-UNICEF HIV/AIDS Education Program in China's Yunnan Province
Xinhua News Agency/China Daily on Tuesday profiled the Youngsters Life Skills Training Program, a UNICEF-supported project that aims to provide young people and community officials in China's Yunnan province with HIV/AIDS education.
The program uses police officers from the Yunnan Police Officers Academy to teach HIV prevention. Since April, the program has trained more than 50 community officials and young people.
"We hope they can use the knowledge in real life," UNICEF China AIDS Program Officer Xu Wenqing said, adding, "Girls can say 'no' to sex, boys can say 'no' to drugs and they can tell doctors 'better give me medicine rather than an injection,' or at least, 'use clean needles instead of throw-away needles.'"
Yunnan is one of China's most affected provinces by HIV/AIDS, with nearly 30,000 HIV cases and 1,223 AIDS cases, according to Xinhua News Agency/China Daily. Injection drug use accounts for 51.4% of all HIV transmissions in the province, Xinhua News Agency/China Daily reports (Xinhua News Agency/China Daily, 10/11).