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Expatriate Healthcare News: 'Vitally important' to educate youngsters about HIV

Expatriate health insurance customers living in Africa may be interested to hear that UNICEF believes it to be difficult to teach young people in the continent about their sexual health.

UNICEF's UK deputy executive director of innovation and strategy, Andrew Radford, commented: "Getting messages over to young people isn't easy. Communicating about HIV prevention is really hard. Now try and combine the two. That is an exceptionally difficult thing to do."

He noted that less-traditional ways of communication are having some levels of success, including educating youngsters through community theatre, the arts and radio programmes.

"By doing this we ensure that more and more young people everyday have the knowledge and the confidence to protect themselves, to stay healthy and then to pass the message onto their peers," he explained.

This is "vitally important" as preventing new infections among this age group is "essential" to winning the battle against Aids, he added.

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