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1 December  2014, UN Joint Advocacy Project on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS, UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF), in cooperation with WHO in Tajikistan  and Committee on Youth, Sports and Tourism of Sino district celebrated the World AIDS Day 2014 under the slogan  "Close the gap this World AIDS Day”.
World AIDS Day 2014 is an opportunity to harness the power of social change to put people first and close the gap. Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 is possible, but only by closing the gap between people who have access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services and people who are being left behind.

1 December 2014, under the World AIDS Day slogan “Close the Gap”, the Radio Quiz in two main nationwide radio stations   “Sadoi Dushanbe” and “Radio Tajikistan” in Russian and Tajik languages sounded. The Radio Quiz involved listeners through all over the country, which   had a great opportunity to find out the basic information about HIV/AIDS.
One of the lucky winners of the Radio Quiz -29 years old Shabnam from Dushanbe has mentioned that   “Such kind of awareness raising campaign is a good opportunity for us to learn the facts about HIV and put the knowledge into action. If you understand how HIV is transmitted, how it can be prevented, and the reality of living with HIV today - you can use this knowledge to take care of your own health and the health of others, and ensure you treat everyone living with HIV fairly, and with respect and understanding’’.
Also in cooperation with Committee on Youth, Sports and Tourism of Sino district in three main city streets (I. Somoni, A. Rudaki, M.Tursunzoda), around 5 000 IEC materials on HIV/AIDS prevention   were disseminated among population, with assistance of 30 volunteers, generally young people.
Mr. Gulomov S.- Coordinator of cultural events of Committee on Youth, Sports and Tourism of Sino district of Tajikistan underlined -“Youth is the most vulnerable part of the society, who should be considered as one of the important parts of the society. Youth is our future and they should be aware on the importance of protecting their health, particular in the matter of such serious disease as HIV/AIDS”.
Information: In 2013, there were 35 million (33.2 million–37.2 million) people living with HIV. Since the start of the epidemic, around 78 million (71 million–87 million) people have become infected with HIV and 39 million (35 million–43 million) people have died of AIDS-related illnesses. Closing the gap means empowering and enabling all people, everywhere, to access the services they need. By closing the HIV testing gap, the 19 million people who are unaware of their HIV-positive status can begin to get support. By closing the treatment gap, all 35 million people living with HIV will have access to life-saving medicine. By closing the gap in access to medicines for children, all children living with HIV will be able to access treatment, not just the 24% who have access today. By closing the access gap, all people can be included as part of the solution. Closing the gap means that ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 is possible.
For more information, contact: Dr. Ulugbek Aminov- UNAIDS National Programme Officer in Tajikistan at: AminovU@unaids.org or Bakhtiyor Mirzoev, Advocacy and Communication Officer, UN Joint Advocacy Project on HIV in Tajikistan at: bakhtiyor.mirzoev@undp.org


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