Issue Date: Feb 15, 2002
Today, around 36 million people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide. Of these, 11.8 million are children and young people. Half of all new cases of HIV -- almost 6,000 daily -- occur in young people 15 to 24 years of age. What aggravates the problem is the widespread ignorance about the epidemic among the young men and women, many of whom do not know how to protect themselves from the spreading scourge. Worse still, in the last 15 years, the number of under 15 children with HIV/AIDS has increased ten times.