Sunday, 22 Apr 2018
Health

“Our generation can end AIDS”

Hamburg “Our generation can end AIDS” By Christina Horsten | Stand: 06:21 clock | Reading time: 4 minutes Hamburger Verein has international plans to fight the disease. For this purpose, donations are now being collected on the internet D he starts in the middle of Manhattan. From the Facebook office in New York announced the association “Youth against AIDS” via live video his new project: 300 volunteers from around the world wants in Hamburg to send a founded educational organization to this year’s International AIDS Conference. It will take place from the 23rd to the 27th of July Amsterdam instead of. To finance the whole, 500,000 euros donations are to be collected on the Internet. “The elders should donate so that the younger ones can become active,” says Daniel Nagel, chairman of “Jugend gegen AIDS “- or for the new global project:” Youth against AIDS “. The beginnings of the association lie at the Hamburg Carl-von-Ossietzky-Gymnasium. At the end of the 2000s, students sold loops for World Aid Day, Nagel says. A loop, a euro. The campaign widened and eventually 20,000 euros came together. The students wanted to donate the money to the foundation of the former tennis pro Michael Stich. But he gave it back, together with the Council, but rather start his own project. The students then founded 2010 “Youth against AIDS” and began with lectures at schools. “Because they realized that there is an extremely low level of knowledge about our generation HIV and AIDS, “says Nagel. “The whole thing has continued to evolve from such classic Wikipedia lectures, which of course did not work so well, to a sophisticated concept.” Meanwhile, about 50 students, students and apprentices get involved Germany regularly volunteer for the club. Nagel comes from Krempe in Schleswig-Holstein, studies economics in Berlin and has been there for several years. “We do it by the way, but actually we study casually and put all our energy in there.” The association trains volunteers to give three-hour workshops at schools. Without their regular teachers, the young people learn a lot about HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases and how they can protect themselves. “We’re not replacing normal sex education, it’s a supplement,” says Nagel. “We talk a lot about wrong ideas that young people have.” According to its own statements, the club reaches around 20,000 students per year in Germany, Austria and the Switzerland with these workshops. There are campaigns with posters and workshops, festivals and social media information, supported by internet stars like the Lochis. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has now taken over the patronage and Chancellor Merkel already attested to the association “valuable educational work”. According to information from the German AIDS Aid, around 88,000 people live with HIV alone in Germany, with around 3,000 people recruited each year. According to UNAIDS, there are nearly 37 million people living with HIV worldwide, more than 2 million of them under the age of 15. Nevertheless, far too few young people have the topic on the screen, says Nagel. “When we go to school, Max Müller sits in the front row and for him that is not an issue that connects three things with AIDS: gay, drugs, Africa. Then it has nothing to do with him. This is a circumstance where we try to counteract it – with tact, but still with a very direct language. ” After Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the club now wants to launch its prevention campaign globally, after giving positive feedback in a first appearance at the preparatory meeting for the World AIDS Conference last year in Paris. “We met so many dedicated people who promised us that this would be a valuable contribution,” says Nagel. “For a long time we were not sure because we thought: There are huge organizations and foundations, what do we really want? Is not that ridiculous? “The club members also noted,” There are other youth organizations in other countries, mostly on a smaller scale and at the local level, but to the extent that we do that, we know of no other initiative. ” Among other things, the 300 selected young people are to develop ideas at the World AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, such as how they can promote prevention in their home countries. “In the end, they should go back to their communities and work through the skills they have learned,” says Nagel, “because we are convinced that our generation can end AIDS.”

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