Angola Press Agency, 23 November 2002, Journalists, Unicef Debate HIV/Aids

Luanda - UNICEF on Friday hosted here Angolan journalists for a debate on the issue of HIV/AIDS in an attempt to seek better ways of reporting on the disease.

UNICEF HIV/AIDS projects officer Melanie Luick explained that another objective of the debate was to assist journalists in opinion making and in the sensitisation of the community as well as in the enforcement of the rights of the HIV positive.

She reminded that young people aged between 15 and 24 accounted for 20 percent of world population and that it was imperative to pay special attention to those aged between 10 and 14 as they will soon enter the vulnerable age.

Youth is the period that people discover sex and this, added to the lack of information on sex health, makes the youths much prone to catching the disease, she said.

The latest UN estimates say three out of five HIV infected people are aged between 15 and 24 years.