China's "Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS" campaign website was recently honored as one of the country's leading websites by China's State Council Press Office and the Chinese Internet Association.

The website, which is managed by China's Youth League with support from UNICEF, was the only youth-oriented site among the 25 on the winners' list. It is located at uniteforchildren.org.

Since its launch in 2006 to support China's campaign on young people and AIDS, the Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS Chinese website has served as a primary online information-sharing tool for the campaign's Youth Ambassadors. Members of this active group of young leaders have demonstrated a commitment to learn and share the facts about HIV and AIDS, and to care for those affected by AIDS

There are currently an estimated 650,000 people living with HIV in China, a statistic that suggests the importance of education as a leading force for AIDS prevention.

"Promoting young people's active engagement in changing risky behavior patterns will be critical in halting the spread of HIV in China. We need to see many more youth committed to becoming a force for change," said UNICEF's Representative in China, Dr. Yin Yin Nwe.

Dr. Nwe sees the web as a critical tool for reaching children and adolescents in China, where the number of Internet users now exceeds 210 million.

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