Over 1,000 Students Form Giant Red Ribbon Ahead Of World AIDS Day

Category: Health & Medicine / Nov 30, 2012 11:57AM EDT
More than 1000 high school students formed a giant red ribbon on Friday (November 30) in Taipei ahead of World AIDS Day on December 1, to promote AIDS awareness among young people. One thousand and seventy-six students lined up in the playground in red shirts and caps. Chang Feng-yee, the General Director of Centers for Disease Control, said there has been an increase of HIV found in younger people. He believes its important to teach students about AIDS prevention at an early age so they have a clear understanding of the disease. Feng-yee added that last year there were more than 1900 cases, and this year there are more than 1800 infected so far . Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control said there have been 4,599 HIV infections in the country among the 15 to 24 age group since the first patient was discovered in 1984. 56 percent of which were found in the past five years.