Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS © Dominic Schweingruber

When "looking healthy" determines wether prevention methods like condoms are being used, we will not be able to end the HIV epidemic. It is vital for everyone to understand that most sexually transmittable diseases like HIV are not visible in a way, that one should base condom decisions upon them. Only testing can actually determine the status of an HIV infection.

As Winnie Byanyima, the Executive Director of UNAIDS knows: "We are in danger. The world needs to do more in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Thats why I support the #updateHIV campaign. I agree, the world needs an update to get back on track."

Sexual health knowledge determines an individual’s sexual risk behaviour. Sexual education directly effects the utilisation of preventive HIV measures, testing uptake, therapy compliance and stigmatisation of people living with HIV. In many parts of the world, we still find a decisive lack of access to sexual health education.

Depending on background, gender, and socioeconomic status there are different variables that prevent individuals from accessing adequate sexual health knowledge.

Now it is time to develop and extend accessible education services, especially for the adolescents of all genders to build up awareness and reduce sexual risk behaviour.  

More 55,9% of our participants over the age of 18 said they have not used any sexual health services due to a lack of risk awareness. (First results from evaluation of data from Germany)

We know how to preventHIV infections.
Yet the world registered 1.5 million new infections in 2020.

We know how to treat HIV/AIDS.
Yet more than 10 million people living with HIV are not accessing treatment.

Why?
Our new report "Epidemic of the mind" examines the complex social and cultural factors driving the HIV epidemic today - and how to address them:

  • Availability
  • Knowledge & Awareness
  • Stigma & Discrimination
  • Gender Inequality
  • Religion & Spirituality

The tools and knowledge to prevent new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths are already available. Now, it is time to fight the epidemic of the mind.

Learn more and pre-order the report on updateHIV.com