#MOIJEUNE On the occasion of the Solidays festival, we asked our #MoiJeune community about their knowledge of AIDS and their practices in terms of prevention

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55 % of young people aged 18 to 30 have already had an AIDS screening test. — Canva/20 Minutes

  • The Solidays festival begins this Friday. For the occasion, we asked young people about their relationship to AIDS and their preventive actions, while 174,000 people are HIV-positive in France and it is estimated that 24,000 people have AIDS without knowing it. At least 58% of 18-30 year olds are afraid of AIDS, reveals our #MoiJeune study and 88% of them admit that the disease is still circulating in France.
  • Despite everything, only 66% to consider that their generation is sufficiently informed on the subject. A figure that does not surprise Pauline Duverger, prevention manager at Solidarité Sida, who points out the shortcomings of prevention sessions at school and the lack of training for general practitioners.
  • While condom use is down among young people, a majority of 18-30 year olds have already been tested, a practice encouraged by Solidarité Sida to stem the epidemic in France.

< p>After two years of absence for the general public, the Solidays festival returns for three days of concerts, exhibitions, conferences… and AIDS prevention. Interventions that will be welcome, since if 77% of 18-30 year olds know the name of this festival, they are only 28% to; find out its purpose*, according to our survey #MoiJeune*. And yet, AIDS still frightens people. 58% of young people surveyed. About 47% of 18-30 year olds think about it, admit to always having this disease in the back of their minds and 88% admit that this disease still circulates in France. “ 174,000 people are HIV-positive in our country, and it is estimated that 24,000 people are carriers of AIDS, but do not know it », recalls Pauline Duverger, prevention manager at Solidarité; AIDS.

While some festival-goers may be surprised to come across volunteers from Solidarité; AIDS on the lawn of the Longchamp racecourse, at Paris, they will certainly answer them « Yes, I feel sufficiently informed. on AIDS and STIs ». In any case, this is the feeling of 84% of young people. But if they have this confidence in their own knowledge, they are only 66% more confident. consider that their generation is correctly informed on the subject and 55% of 18-30 year olds believe that those younger than them are not. “ A third of young people who think that their generation is not sufficiently informed, it’s a problem», recognizes Pauline Duverger. But she is not surprised by this figure: « Studies clearly show that there are not enough preventive actions. The law stipulates that young people must benefit from at least three annual education sessions at school. sexuality from primary to high school. But this is often not the case. »

Tests, condoms, PrEP and TPE

These sessions are however essential, since it’s the first source of information for young people, cited by 45% of them. The family doctor arrives far behind, quoted; by only 13% of 18-30 year olds. “ They should be resource people on the subject, but we are faced with a problem. a double problem, explains Pauline Duverger. First of all, this subject remains taboo, both on the side of patient only on the practitioner, and doctors are not sufficiently trained on the issue of AIDS prevention. » Fortunately, young people did not wait for their doctor’s recommendation, since 55% of 18-30 year olds have already realized a screening test. A figure that rises to 71% among 28-30 year olds.

Side condom, the slogan « Go out covered » is less popular among young people than it was in the 1990s. a screening test. “ We note a drop in the use of condoms, but fortunately other means of prevention exist, such as PrEP (a preventive treatment) or TPE (post-exposure treatment), explains Pauline Duverger. But it is important to stay mobilized; on the condom, because it protects against many STIs. »

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Living normally or almost

AIDS « is less scary today » what’’ the end of the 1980s, admits Pauline Duverger, thanks to the advancement of medicine. 81% of 18-30 year olds believe that today we can live normally or almost with AIDS.

“ It is true that the treatments allow people detected early to manage to manage. an undetectable viral load, which prevents them from transmitting the disease and allows them to have a normal life expectancy, recalls Pauline Duverger. But it should not be forgotten that this serious disease and that HIV-positive people must take medication every day, at any time. life. And above all, they remain very discriminated against. For example, they find it difficult to contract a loan at; because of the insurances, àgrave; find a dentist. To some (people), we don't even shake hands. » While considerable progress has been made done at the medical level, we must now move forward at the social level.

* Organized; since 1999 by the association Solidarité; Sida, the Solidays festival raises funds for prevention and aid programs for AIDS patients in France and abroad. Abroad.

** #MeYoung Study20 Minutes – OpinionWay, conducted online from June 14 and 20, 2022 with a representative sample of 574 young people aged 18 to 18. 30 years old (quota method).

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