National youth symposium

As per UNAIDS, over 160 000 people are living with HIV in Pakistan in 2018. There has been a 369% increase in the number of AIDS-related deaths since 2010, from 1400 deaths to 6400 deaths. The number of new HIV infections has also risen, from 14 000 to 22,000 in the same period. UNAIDS and other organizations apprehended that the situation might have even worsened during the pandemic.
The 90–90–90 targets envision that, by 2020, 90% of people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of people who know their HIV-positive status will be accessing treatment and 90% of people on treatment will have suppressed viral loads. However, in Pakistan, 14% of people living with HIV knew their status and only 10% of people living with HIV were on treatment. There are social stigmas and fear associated with the disease, its transmission, and treatment.
These growing stigmas, myths called for a prompt response to tackle this growing health challenge in Pakistan and particularly our young generation. Therefore, the Youth Advocacy Council Pakistan gears up to demystify viral infections, and provide information and education on its transmission and treatment, calling all partners to join us to create massive awareness in Pakistan. Since 2012, the organization has impacted 5000 people’s lives, particularly Transgender and youth, and developed Asia’s first digital platform educating, empowering, and securing the lives of youth and transgender called TransHelp. We also trained over 2000 students, media persons, service providers, and transgender on combating HIV/AIDS and stigmas associated with diseases.
To celebrate our achievements, along with World AIDS Day 2020 and educating youth and students from our partner institutions, we planned a one day virtual National Youth Symposium on December 6th, 2020 (2:00-5:00 pm). For registration, please email to info@yac.org.pk

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