Lehigh Valley Health Network is shining the spotlight on AIDS awareness and prevention.

Its annual World AIDS Day conference was held Friday at the Sands Hotel and Resort in Bethlehem.

The event brought together medical professionals, caregivers and students.

The focus this year was educating young people about prevention, early detection, and management of the disease.

Experts said 29 percent of persons living with HIV in 2011 were aged 20 years or younger.