A WHO report suggested that more than 2 million adolescents who are between the ages of 10 and 19 years are actually living with HIV. Furthermore, many of them do not receive the care and support which they need in order to stay in good health and prevent the transmission.
It also said that millions more adolescents are at the risk of this infection and due to the failure to support effective and acceptable HIV services for adolescents there has been a 50% increase in reported AIDS related deaths compared to the 30% decline seen in the general population from 2005 to 2012.
The WHO recommendations that were released in the run up to the World AIDS Day 2013 addresses the needs of adolescents in specific. This includes both for those who are living with HIV and those who are the risk of the infection. Adolescent girls and young men with have sex with other men, and those who inject drugs or are subject to sexual coercion and abuse are at the highest risk.
Craig McClure, the Chief of HIV programmes for UNICEF said, “About one-seventh of all new HIV infections occur during adolescence. Unless the barriers are removed, the dream of an AIDS-free generation will never be realized.”
There were 35.3 million people living with HIV in 2012, out of which there were 2.1 million adolescents.
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