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Two boys perform to their peers at a UNICEF centre in Rajshahi division where adolescents learn about HIV/AIDS, child marriage and other issues affecting their lives.

Current HIV prevalence is low, at less than 0.1 per cent. However, interventions are essential to prevent rapid increases, especially among young people.

Higher rates of infection have been found among injecting drug users, migrant workers who contracted the virus abroad, and sex workers and their clients. Family members of people in these vulnerable groups also face increased risk of contracting HIV.

Public awareness
Only 15 per cent of adolescent girls in Bangladesh understand how HIV is transmitted and how to prevent it.   73 per cent of adolescent girls know that HIV can be transmitted from mother to child, but only 55 per cent know that his can happen during pregnancy, delivery and breastfeeding.

Read about UNICEF’s work to combat HIV/AIDS.



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