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HIV/AIDS: Getting to Zero

27 December 2012

On 1 December, a new project on HIV/AIDS supported by the EU and implemented by World Vision Armenia held a number of events dedicated to World AIDS Day.
“Prevention and Treatment: Zero Discrimination, Zero New Cases, Zero Deaths” is the main message of World Aids Day – to prevent people from contracting HIV/AIDS, as well as teach people how to fight against it and to spread awareness of the rights оf infected people.
A competition was organised in Charles Aznavour Square; participants answered questions on the fight against HIV/AIDS, shared ideas and mingled with celebrities. All participants were given informational materials about people living with HIV/AIDS, called “Leave Informed, Come Back Safe”. In the square there was also a stand where everyone could leave wishes or comments. The most active participants in the competition were women, who were much more informed about HIV/AIDS.

Anoush Sahakian, the project’s coordinator, stated: “Our main goal is to inform young people between 20-35 years of age, because they are more likely to get infected with HIV/AIDS. They are very active and often leave for other countries like Russia and Ukraine, where there are many infected people, 10 times more than in our country. Because of not being informed, these people catch the disease in those countries, bring it here and infect their families. Our aim is not only to prevent people from having sexual relations before marriage, but also to promote the use of protection. There are three ways of being infected: through blood, sexual relations and from mother to child. In our society people think that they should shy away from infected people to prevent infection. However, we should learn to accept those people in our society by striving, at the same time, to adhere to certain security measures’.

To raise awareness and to reduce stigma and discrimination towards HIV/AIDS, the screening of a film on the issue was organised for young people and students at Yerevan Chamber Music Hall.

The activities were part of the “Cross-Border Cooperation for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Impact Mitigation in Southern Caucasus and Russian Federation” project funded by the European Union.
This project started at the 1 April 2012 and is expected to end at the 31 March 2014. It’s main objective is to mobilize National Government organizations and non-state actors in Southern Caucasus and Russian Federation for joint actions to mitigate HIV/AIDS risks among migrant workers and mobile populations from Southern Caucasus ensuring improved access to prevention, treatment, support and care services in both source and destination countries. In Armenia, the project will be implemented in cooperation with the Real World Real People NGO.

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HIV/AIDS: Getting to Zero

On 1 December, a new project on HIV/AIDS supported by the EU and implemented by World Vision Armenia held a number of events dedicated to World AIDS Day. “Prevention and Treatment: Zero Discrimination, Zero New Cases, Zero Deaths” is the main message of World Aids Day – to prevent people from contracting HIV/AIDS, as well as teach people how to fight against it and to spread awareness of the rights оf infected people. A competition was organised in Charles Aznavour Square; participants answered questions on the fight against HIV/AIDS, shared ideas and mingled with celebrities. All participants were given informational materials about people living with HIV/AIDS, called “Leave Informed, Come Back Safe”. In the square there was also a stand where everyone could leave wishes or comments. The most active participants in the competition were women, who were much more informed about HIV/AIDS. Anoush Sahakian, the project’s coordinator, stated: “Our main goal is to inform young people between 20-35 years of age, because they are more likely to get infected with HIV/AIDS. They are very active and often leave for other countries like Russia and Ukraine, where there are many infected people, 10 times more than in our country. Because of not being informed, these people catch the disease in those countries, bring it here and infect their families. Our aim is not only to prevent people from having sexual relations before marriage, but also to promote the use of protection. There are three ways of being infected: through blood, sexual relations and from mother to child. In our society people think that they should shy away from infected people to prevent infection. However, we should learn to accept those people in our society by striving, at the same time, to adhere to certain security measures’. To raise awareness and to reduce stigma and discrimination towards HIV/AIDS, the screening of a film on the issue was organised for young people and students at Yerevan Chamber Music Hall. The activities were part of the "Cross-Border Cooperation for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Impact Mitigation in Southern Caucasus and Russian Federation" project funded by the European Union. This project started at the 1 April 2012 and is expected to end at the 31 March 2014. It’s main objective is to mobilize National Government organizations and non-state actors in Southern Caucasus and Russian Federation for joint actions to mitigate HIV/AIDS risks among migrant workers and mobile populations from Southern Caucasus ensuring improved access to prevention, treatment, support and care services in both source and destination countries. In Armenia, the project will be implemented in cooperation with the Real World Real People NGO. http://www.facebook.com/pages/HIVAIDS-Prevention-in-Southern-Caucasus-Russia/227836670669775?fref=ts [gallery link="file"]