Planned Parenthood Mobilizes U.S. Youth on World AIDS Day

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Planned Parenthood Mobilizes U.S. Youth on World AIDS Day

WASHINGTON - On World AIDS Day, December 1, Planned Parenthood is mobilizing
American youth in support of the global fight against HIV/AIDS and
educating them about their own risk of contracting the virus.

The normally pink or blue  “We are Planned Parenthood” logo will
appear in red hues for the day across all of Planned Parenthood
Federation of America’s social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, and
MySpace. Throughout the day, facts and live World AIDS Day updates will
go out via all Planned Parenthood social media properties.

Around
the country, local Planned Parenthood affiliates in 34 states and
Washington, DC, will organize over 110 student events on high school and
college campuses and will e distribute a new fact sheet on the global
HIV/AIDS epidemic, published today by Planned Parenthood Federation of
America. The fact sheet, available for download here, underscores the need for sex education as a central pillar of HIV prevention efforts. 

“Quality
sex education is our first and best line of defense against the spread
of HIV/AIDS,” said Leslie Kantor, national director of education
initiatives, Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  “The fact that
half of new infections worldwide hit young people means we are not
arming our youth with the tools they need to protect themselves.  On
World AIDS Day 2010, we demand that we protect youth around the world
with real sex education.”

In addition to its work in the
United States, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s international
program currently coordinates 1,000 youth peer educators in Ethiopia,
Kenya, Nigeria, Ecuador, Peru, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, who
collectively reach over 120,000 young people with information and
services in parts of the world where sex education is limited to
nonexistent and where the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS is greatest. The global fact sheet features a photo of a youth peer educator in Nigeria explaining the female condom to another young woman. 

Across
the United States, Planned Parenthood student organizers will collect
thousands of petition signatures to be sent to Congress, asking senators
and representatives to “support successful investments in international
women’s health, including reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention.”

Planned
Parenthood and its youth advocates in the U.S. and around the world are
committed to creating the healthiest generation ever through education
and advocacy. The more than 110 World AIDS Day events in the U.S are
being organized by Planned Parenthood’s high school peer education and
college campus VOX programs. VOX is Latin for “voice” and stands for
“Voices of Planned Parenthood.” Across the country, VOX chapters regularly organize events to educate fellow students about their reproductive health and rights.

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Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is many things to many people. We are a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital health care services, sex education, and sexual health information to millions of women, men, and young people.

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