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Grassroot Soccer uses the power of soccer to save lives by preventing the spread of HIV among those with the most new infections–youth in Africa. By the next World Cup in 2014, Grassroot Soccer will double its impact by educating one million young people about AIDS and inspiring them to live healthier, more productive lives.
Our vision is a world mobilized through soccer to create an AIDS free generation. The Problem HIV is a preventable disease that can be stopped if we act now. New infections are trending down and recent research shows that existing tools, such as HIV tests and AIDS drugs, are having a dramatic effect on halting the spread of the disease. While the progress is encouraging, the spread of this disease remains tragically unnecessary. The nations of Sub-Saharan Africa represent nearly 70 percent of people living with HIV and young people are among the hardest hit. Now more than ever, girls and boys are at the center of this epidemic.
- An estimated 33 million people are living with AIDS worldwide; 22 million of those are in Africa.
- Each day 5,000-6,000 new infections occur among youth.
- 45 percent of new infections occur among boys and girls between 15 and 24 years old.
- Young women ages 15 to 24 years old are as much as eight times more likely than young men to be HIV positive.
The Solution Addressing AIDS is the first step countries need to take to create healthier communities that can grow and prosper.