Every day more than 7,000 people become infected with HIV. 80% of these new infections result from unsafe sex. This Valentine’s Day North Star Alliance is working hard to support UNAIDS in their fight to ensure that everyone can #LoveSafely.
This past World AIDS Day, UNAIDS launched an online campaign called #PreventionRevolution focused on utilizing social media tools to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS. By capitalizing on the popularity of the Twitter Hashtag, as well as utilizing Facebook and YouTube to share impressive multi-media content, UNAIDS was able to engage the online community in a discussion about key stats and preventative measures. This February UNAIDS is reminding us that the “revolution” isn’t over. Ending the spread of HIV is about education, access, and making sure that this Valentine’s Day and beyond we all #LoveSafely.
North Star Alliance and HIV Prevention
Here are just a few of the numbers:In 2010 North Star Alliance:
- provided 175,063 treatment and counseling sessions for truck drivers, sex workers, and related communities
- distributed 152,531 condoms at our clinics in 9 countries across Eastern and Southern Africa
- gave 25,920 STI tests
UNAIDS and North Star Alliance
North Star Alliance is an affiliation of five Core Partners, each of whom is linked with health and safety and with the transport sector. Working together, our aim is to provide a healthier environment and safer roads for long distance truck drivers and their direct and indirect contacts. UNAIDS is one of these 5 core partners. Further, in 2009, at the June meeting of the UNAIDS Programming Coordinating Board, North Star Alliance was recognized for best practice in programs targeting mobile populations.