From July 23rd until 26th, 2017 renowned scientists like Yves Lévy und Wafaa El-Sadr will come together at the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) in the Palais des Congrès in Paris. For Youth Against AIDS the event is the first opportunity to present its outstanding work. Youth against AIDS will invite 50 young peers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland to volunteer and participate at this unique event. Besides collaboration at the conference, young people will gather impressions of the sexual education work in France.
“We are proud to be partners of the International AIDS Society (IAS). We are looking forward to presenting our non-profit prevention work to an international audience and connect with other young people. Nowadays, it is important to encourage the young generation to look after HIV / AIDS and to take sexual education into their own hands.“ says Daniel Nagel, CEO at Youth against AIDS.
Apart from the International AIDS Conference which takes place every two years, the IAS Conference on HIV Science is the most renowned event of its kind. Here, more than 6,000 guests from all over the world exchange information about the newest developments in HIV research. Youth against AIDS continues to position itself as the point of contact for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases in young people. The organization will present the one of a kind peer-to-peer approach of the voluntary initiative in Paris. The peers will meet other committed young people from all over the world and bring attention to young involvement against HIV and AIDS.
“The active participation of young people is instrumental at the IAS Conference on HIV Science,” says IAS Executive Director Owen Ryan. “We are thrilled to partner with Youth Against AIDS and leverage the global platform of IAS 2017 to elevate the voices and perspectives of young people in the HIV response.”
Youth against AIDS is a voluntary initiative led by young people for the society of tomorrow. They passionately provide sexual education at eye level. In school workshops led by peers and at festivals and events with large public campaigns, they promote a diverse and educated society. Their goal is a society in which sexuality is never a reason for exclusion, fear or stigma. Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier is the patron of the initiative. They receive support from personalities like Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook COO), who recently honored the organisation with the Facebook Smart Hero Award.