Commemorated every year on December 1, World Aids Day is an opportunity to highlight worldwide efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, a disease that has already killed 35 million people.
A destructive disease, HIV/AIDS is not only a life-threatening condition, but it also affects economic and human development, while exacerbating the cycle of poverty.
Despite no cure or vaccine being available, education has proven to be among the most cost-effective ways to prevent the spread of this disease. In fact, education can save lives, by providing individuals with the knowledge to reduce their risk of becoming infected.
Education: A cost-effective way to prevent HIV/AIDS
Educating children, and providing them with the knowledge and skills which can influence good choices to be made later in life, will protect them as they reach their most vulnerable years. Similarly, educating young people about how this disease is transmitted, prevention practices as well as encouraging sporadic testing, can yield the maximum return on education investments.
This is particularly true for adolescent girls and young women, who continue to be the most vulnerable and highest risk groups.