U.N. releases HIV education book

The U.N. recently announced the release of a new book designed to educate children about HIV.

"The Bravest Boy I Know" is printed in English, French and soon Portuguese by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) and the U.N. World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty (ST-EP) Foundation.

The book, illustrated by artist Sujean Rim, follows two friends in Africa who live with HIV. It is aimed at informing children about the benefits and side effects of certain HIV medications while promoting a positive message about living with the virus. "The Bravest Boy I Know" will be delivered to schools throughout Africa by ST-EP's Small Libraries project.

"Stigma and discrimination around HIV very often prevent children and families from accessing essential HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care services," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. "These books will help everyone understand that young people can live normal and fulfilling lives with HIV."

"The Bravest Boy I Know" is dedicated to Ban for his efforts to expand education for children worldwide.

UNAIDS works with 11 different U.N. agencies, as well as private and governmental organizations, to reduce the spread of HIV internationally.

Approximately 3.3 children million under 15 were living with HIV in 2012, of which only about 34 percent were receiving antiretroviral treatment.