Friday, 27 July 2018

UNICEF warns of HIV crisis in teen girls, with 20 cases every hour


Teenagers, and particularly girls, are bearing the brunt of the global AIDS epidemic with around 30 adolescents becoming infected with HIV every hour, according to a report by the United Nations children's fund UNICEF.

Of those 30 new infections each hour among 15 to 19 year-olds in 2017, around 20 - or two-thirds - were in girls, UNICEF said, representing a "crisis of health as well as a crisis of agency".

It said the epidemic's spread among adolescent girls is being fueled by early sex, including with older men, forced sex, powerlessness in negotiating around sex, poverty and lack of access to confidential counseling and testing services.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/health/unicef-warns-of-hiv-crisis-in-teen-girls--with-20-cases-every-hour-10562026

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