Sign the virtual pledge to the global campaign "Protect the Goal," an innovative initiative of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The "Protect the Goal" campaign draws on the power of football to promote HIV prevention efforts, teen pregancies and zero discrimination among young people. They are the backbone of prevention strategies in the region where less than 30 percent of those between the ages of 15 and 24 can correctly identify how to prevent sexual transmission of HIV and only 30 percent of women aged 20 to 24 acknowledges having used a condom during their last sexual intercourse. "Protect the Goal" is a unique opportunity that gives momentum to the revolution of HIV prevention among young people.
In the region, approximately 50% of adolescents under the age of 17 are sexually active. Many teenagers become sexually active before learning how to prevent unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. To prevent early pregnancy and HIV it is necessary to implement sex education programs and create policies that allow adolescents to access counselling and guidance services.
The initiative has the support of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), the Brazilian government and many sport personalities.
UNAIDS Regional Office for Latin America along with the Network of Positive Youth LAC, UNFPA and UNICEF for Latin America and the Caribbean launched this initiative to mobilize youth for the "Protect the Goal" campaign, which promotes actions toward HIV prevention and sexual diversity while advocating for the elimination of stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV. The initiative begins on April 9 until the launch date for the campaign in Brazil on June 9, 2014.