Young people encouraged to shape UN HIV strategy

Young people are being encouraged by the United Nations (UN) to take part in the drawing up of a new strategy to help combat HIV and Aids.

It is hoped an online collaborative project named CrowdOutAids - which is likely to promote the health advantages of using condoms while having sex - will get the youth involved in the initiative.

The internet-based programme will make use of a number of social networking sites, including the popular Facebook and Twitter platforms, to encourage participation.

It is to run for a period of two months and all people between the ages of 15 and 29 are being asked to put forward any ideas they may have.

The Joint UN Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAIDS) - which brings together the resources of the UNAIDS Secretariat and ten UN system organisations - is running the programme and Michel Sidibe, executive director of the body, said: "We're asking youth around the world to debate, draft and work with UNAIDS to implement this new strategy."