"Youth against AIDS": Hamburg fight internationally against AIDS

"Youth against AIDS": Hamburg fight internationally against AIDS

D he starts in the middle of Manhattan. From the Facebook office in New York, the club announces ” 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 July 23rd to 27th in Amsterdam. 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 take action,” 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 1990s, students sold loops there for World Aids Day, says Nagel. A loop, a euro. The action expanded and finally came together 20,000 euros. 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. Workshops, volunteers and social media The students then founded Youth Against AIDS in 2010 and began lecturing at schools. “Because they realized that there is an extremely low level of knowledge about our generation HIV and AIDS there, “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 from all over Germany regularly volunteer for the association. 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 association reaches around 20,000 pupils per year in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with these workshops. In addition there are campaigns with posters and workshops, appearances at festivals and information about the social media, supported by internet stars like the Lochis. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has now taken over the patronage, and also Chancellor Merkel already attested the association “valuable education 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, nearly 37 million people live in the world HIV of which more than 2 million are under 15 years old. 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’s not an issue that connects three things to 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. ” A highlight on life with the HI virus had drag queens on the weekend Conchita Wurst thrown. She has publicized her infection with the pathogen on the platform Instagram. also read World AIDS Conference: Ideas from 300 young people After Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the association now wants to raise its prevention campaign globally, after receiving positive feedback at 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, 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 on how they can promote prevention in their home countries. “In the end, they should go back to their communities and work through their skills,” says Nagel, “because we believe that our generation can end AIDS.”

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