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In pictures: Youth groups battle HIV/AIDS
Ethiopian youth groups, partnered with the International HIV/AIDS alliance, use dance troupes to raise awareness.
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Despite recent adanvces in medical treatment, HIV/AIDS continues to be at crisis levels in many developing contries. Young people between the ages of 15 and 24 account for 40 percent of new HIV infections, with some 2,400 new infections among this age group every day.

In Ethiopia, sex education can be a taboo subject. To address the issue, several youth groups have formed dance troupes and hold public performances to raise awareness of the disease.

Addis Beza, one such youth group, performs regularly in public spots around Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital, handing out informational leaflets and encouraging people to get tested for HIV free of charge in nearby mobile testing clinics.   

These clinics have been set up by the Organisation for Social Services for AIDS (OSSA), Ethiopia’s largest NGO working on HIV/AIDS, and it can attract up to one thousand people over the course of five days. If somebody is found to be HIV-positive, they are then referred to a local health facility for access to treatment, care and support.

The Beza youth group is one of many across Ethiopia supported by OSSA which, assisted by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, is now ramping up efforts to focus on young people between the ages of 15 and 24. Only one-third of young people in that age group have comprehensive knowledge of HIV.


/Sheikh Rajibul Islam/International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Knowledge is critical in slowing the spread of HIV/AIDS.


/Sheikh Rajibul Islam/International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Many adolescents and young adults have little knowledge about HIV or how it is transmitted.



/Sheikh Rajibul Islam/International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Forty percent of global HIV transmissions are spread by 15- to 24-year-olds. More than half of Ethiopia's population is in this age group.



/Sheikh Rajibul Islam/International HIV/AIDS Alliance
In Addis Ababa, a youth group uses dance to encourage the public to get tested for HIV.


/Benjamin Chesterton/International HIV/AIDS Alliance

The dance troupe is called Addis Beza, which means "to live for others".



/Benjamin Chesterton/International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Every three months, the dancers conduct public performances in conjunction with truck testing clinics - where in one five-day period more than 1,000 people were tested for HIV/AIDS.



/Benjamin Chesterton/International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Addis Beza is one of hundreds of youth groups in Ethiopia helping young people to make well-informed decisions about their sexual health.


/Sheikh Rajibul Islam/International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Since many schools lack sex education, the youth club is used as a safe space to discuss issues such as the right age for intercourse.



/Sheikh Rajibul Islam/International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Lack of knowledge among young people, often due to cultural attitudes, corresponds with low rates of contraception use.


/Benjamin Chesterton/International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Youth groups raise awareness by handing out information leaflets and encouraging people to get tested for HIV free of charge.



/Benjamin Chesterton/International HIV/AIDS Alliance
The youth club offers counselling services and free condoms for young people.



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Forty percent of global HIV transmissions are spread by 15- to 24-year-olds. More than half of Ethiopia's population is in this age group.

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The dance troupe is called Addis Beza, which means "to live for others".

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Every three months, the dancers conduct public performances in conjunction with truck testing clinics - where in one five-day period more than 1,000 people were tested for HIV/AIDS.

;*;Addis Beza is one of hundreds of youth groups in Ethiopia helping young people to make well-informed decisions about their sexual health.;*;

Since many schools lack sex education, the youth club is used as a safe space to discuss issues such as the right age for intercourse.

;*;Lack of knowledge among young people, often due to cultural attitudes, corresponds with low rates of contraception use.;*;

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Knowledge is critical in slowing the spread of HIV/AIDS.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_AIDS_Day/slideshow/no-caption/a75bb81783b163c35e0ab0937f898b65Sheikh Rajibul Islam/International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Knowledge is critical in slowing the spread of HIV/AIDS.

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Many adolescents and young adults lack comprehensive knowledge of HIV transmission. 

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_AIDS_Day/slideshow/no-caption/9ed19bf9db1703d5bed1e62e634b429eSheikh Rajibul Islam/International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Many adolescents and young adults lack comprehensive knowledge of HIV transmission. 

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_AIDS_Day/slideshow/no-caption/7ac73759932476fed0af3ada7ef227f5

Addis Beza is one of hundreds of youth groups in Ethiopia helping young people to make well-informed decisions about their sexual health.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_AIDS_Day/slideshow/no-caption/7ac73759932476fed0af3ada7ef227f5Sheikh Rajibul Islam/International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Addis Beza is one of hundreds of youth groups in Ethiopia helping young people to make well-informed decisions about their sexual health.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_AIDS_Day/slideshow/no-caption/86e6056b8123f880287047d03555edc1

Forty percent of global HIV transmissions are spread by 15-24-year-olds. More than half of Ethiopia?'s population is in this age group.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_AIDS_Day/slideshow/no-caption/86e6056b8123f880287047d03555edc1Sheikh Rajibul Islam/International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Forty percent of global HIV transmissions are spread by 15-24-year-olds. More than half of Ethiopia?'s population is in this age group.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_AIDS_Day/slideshow/no-caption/c2b2fa537f671cc0f523b769189b008c

In Addis Ababa, a youth group uses dance to encourage the public to get tested for HIV.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_AIDS_Day/slideshow/no-caption/c2b2fa537f671cc0f523b769189b008cBenjamin Chesterton/International HIV/AIDS Alliance

In Addis Ababa, a youth group uses dance to encourage the public to get tested for HIV.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_AIDS_Day/slideshow/no-caption/3cf5681be58d3f7438420baf4302463b

Since many schools lack sex education, the youth club is used as a safe space to discuss the right age for intercourse.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_AIDS_Day/slideshow/no-caption/3cf5681be58d3f7438420baf4302463bBenjamin Chesterton/International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Since many schools lack sex education, the youth club is used as a safe space to discuss the right age for intercourse.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_AIDS_Day/slideshow/no-caption/b64cb3316185abf9869841e2ebf82c2c

Every three months, the dancers conduct public performances. In addition to the dances, trucks with testing are set up - where over 1000 people in a period of five days get tested for HIV/AIDS.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_AIDS_Day/slideshow/no-caption/b64cb3316185abf9869841e2ebf82c2cBenjamin Chesterton/International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Every three months, the dancers conduct public performances. In addition to the dances, trucks with testing are set up - where over 1000 people in a period of five days get tested for HIV/AIDS.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_AIDS_Day/slideshow/no-caption/4e37d943d3049f777d67958bd246b248

The dance troupe is called Addis Beza which means "to live for others".

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_AIDS_Day/slideshow/no-caption/4e37d943d3049f777d67958bd246b248Sheikh Rajibul Islam/International HIV/AIDS Alliance

The dance troupe is called Addis Beza which means "to live for others".

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_AIDS_Day/slideshow/no-caption/4b256a33638dda541236169559d085f5

Lack of knowledge among young people, often due to cultural attitudes, corresponds with low rates of contraception use.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_AIDS_Day/slideshow/no-caption/4b256a33638dda541236169559d085f5Sheikh Rajibul Islam/International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Lack of knowledge among young people, often due to cultural attitudes, corresponds with low rates of contraception use.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_AIDS_Day/slideshow/no-caption/3faf6a2e1dca3444af8286555b5ea7e5

Youth groups raise awareness by handing out information leaflets and to encourage people to get tested for HIV free of charge.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_AIDS_Day/slideshow/no-caption/3faf6a2e1dca3444af8286555b5ea7e5Benjamin Chesterton/International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Youth groups raise awareness by handing out information leaflets and to encourage people to get tested for HIV free of charge.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_AIDS_Day/slideshow/no-caption/c62d16ce7a046f1f45c34b440b9758d4

The youth club offers counselling services and free condoms for young people.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_AIDS_Day/slideshow/no-caption/c62d16ce7a046f1f45c34b440b9758d4Benjamin Chesterton/International HIV/AIDS Alliance

The youth club offers counselling services and free condoms for young people.



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