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For more than two decades Jill Lewis, professor of literature and gender studies, has used education as a powerful tool in the international fight against the devastating spread of the HIV epidemic.
Approaching the issue from cultural and gender-focused perspectives, she has developed and implemented HIV-awareness and -prevention initiatives in parts of North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.
Young people are the key in this fight, Lewis says: "The epidemic will only be stopped if young people, wave after wave of them, grasp the problem and experience themselves as part of its solution."
Lewis recently completed work with a South African film team as executive producer of a creative documentary filmed in South Africa, Kenya and Sierra Leone - aimed at stirring discussion among man and boys about HIV and condoms.
Funded by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry / Norad and the Norwegian Refugee Council, some 7,000 copies of the DVD have been distributed on request in mostly African countries.
There is more information about Protection: men and condoms in the time of HIV and AIDS at www.protectionthefilm.com.