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Community participation: the first national on youth and AIDS in Chile-1993.


Int Conf AIDS. 1993 Jun 6-11;9(2):846 (abstract no. PO-D13-3773). Unique

OBJECTIVES: To create a meeting opportunity for the diffusion of the actual approach for HIV/AIDS prevention and solidarity with people living with HIV from the chilean youth's point of view. METHODOLOGY: Chilean organizations, governamental and non governamental, working with young people on prevention of HIV/AIDS through 1992 were invited by the National AIDS Commission to participate in a two day meeting consisting on forums, workshops and plenary sessions in order to interchange experiences and elaborate proposals to improve the results of their activities. 80 persons (mean age 20 years old) from 11 out of 13 political geographical areas of the country participated, in representation of 35 different organizations. RESULTS: The participants analyzed the perceived obstacles and helping factors for the prevention of HIV/AIDS when to young people and also the rest of society. The conclusions of the group were the need to 1) promote the study the existing social myths and missbeliefs on sex in order to review the preventive strategies. 2) the promotion of sexual responsability understood as increasing the possibilities of informed decision making and 3) to promote a massive social analysis of prejudices against people living with HIV in order to attenuate/eliminate discriminations and to promote social acceptance. Youth attending the meeting recommended the strengthening of the coordination of youth organizations with all other groups, including governamental organizations, working on HIV/AIDS prevention for implementing the preventive activities. A National Youth HIV/AIDS prevention Coordination Committee was formed during the meeting for establishing the links with youth and other organizations. CONCLUSIONS: The creation of opportunities for meeting and interchanging experiences is useful for the coordination of activities in order to obtain better efficiency. The participation of the involved groups in the preparing the strategies and activities for HIV/AIDS prevention facilitates the acceptance and compromise with the program.

*Congresses *HIV Infections/PREVENTION & CONTROL


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