On International Youth Day (August 12, 2021), the AU Commission, in partnership with UNAIDS, launched the #ProtectedAndInformed digital campaign via Twitter Live. The launch was followed by a Twitter Chat where youth from all four AU Regions responded to HIV prevention and information questions.
2021 marks an important milestone as we mark 40 years since the first reported case of HIV. There has been evidence of a substantial reduction of AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections globally in the last decade. However, the gains in the fight against HIV/AIDS remain unequal between and within countries. In Africa, the response to HIV/AIDS is at a critical juncture as the continent strives to mitigate the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and remain optimistic about achieving the common goal of ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.
The objective of the digital campaign is to strengthen advocacy for HIV prevention and care in Africa. It is critical to expand advocacy for HIV prevention and care, strengthen country ownership, and support mutual accountability.