East Asia: Children and HIV/AIDS- A Call to Action. UNICEF (2005)

East Asia: Children and HIV/AIDS- A Call to Action. UNICEF (2005) HIV/AIDS is a communicable disease that not only threatens sex workers, their clients and drug users. It is a disease that has already devastated the lives of hundreds of thousands of children and adolescents in East Asia and menaces millions more. More than any other modern-day pandemic, HIV/AIDS insinuates itself into the lives of children through so many different channels and damages them in so many ways. And its effects are long-lasting. Not only does HIV/AIDS claim the lives of children, it is robbing them of their parents, siblings, relatives, friends, teachers, caregivers and other role models. For many children – all too often girls – HIV/AIDS is denying them of their education, their future livelihoods, and their place in society. HIV/AIDS is also exacerbating economic and social disparities, making those who are infected poorer, and marginalizing those who are affected further.

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