January 28, 2022

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Le Matin – HIV Prevention: Launching Awareness Campaign in Universities

Prévention du VIH : Lancement d'une campagne de sensibilisation en milieu universitaire

In the wake of World AIDS Day, which falls on December 1, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is conducting a national campaign to raise awareness and test for sexually transmitted infections in universities.

With the motto “End inequalities, end AIDS, end the pandemic”, this three-day operation will help promote sexual and reproductive health in education, especially in the context of the Kovid-19 epidemic.

The initiative is part of a national strategy to improve the health of adolescents and young people, which is of paramount importance for prevention and dissemination of accurate information, the ministry said in a press release.

It involves students promoting sexual and reproductive health and preventing sexually transmitted infections, as well as facilitating access to early detection services.

To this end, awareness-raising activities will be programmed at the level of housing estates and university residences, university medical centers and youth health areas.

The digital campaign is planned on the corporate portals and social networks of the ministry and various partners, citing the same source.

As part of the National Strategic Plan to Fight HIV / AIDS 2020 – 2023 and thanks to the joint efforts of the Ministry and its partners, especially government agencies and civil society organizations, the HIV prevalence rate is about 0.08% lower and the vulnerable and vulnerable population is higher.

The estimated number of people living with HIV is 22,000, including 17,465 on free antiretroviral therapy at 25 referral centers.

These achievements are part of the steps taken to eradicate HIV / AIDS by 2030, as a public health issue, in line with Morocco’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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