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1 December 2016: World AIDS Day: Urgent action needed for adolescents

New HIV infections among adolescents are projected to rise from 250,000 in 2015 to nearly 400,000 annually by 2030 if progress in reaching adolescents stalls, according to a new report released by UNICEF today.

For Every Child, End AIDS: Seventh Stocktaking Report, 2016 reveals that AIDS remains a leading cause of death among adolescents and urgent action is needed to improve HIV prevention and treatment for young people.

The facts

  • Globally there were nearly 2 million adolescents aged 10–19 living with HIV in 2015.
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, the region most impacted by HIV, girls accounted for 3 out of every 4 new infections among adolescents aged 15–19.
  • 1.1 million children, adolescents and women were newly infected in 2015.
  • Every 2 minutes an adolescent (15–19) is newly infected with HIV.
  • More than 100 adolescents (10–19) died of AIDS every day in 2015.
  • 13.4 million children (0–17) have lost one or both parents to AIDS.
  • Remarkable progress has been made in preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Globally, 1.6 million new infections among children (0–14) were averted between 2000 and 2015.
  • Despite progress in averting new infections and reducing deaths, funding for the AIDS response has declined since 2014.

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In a world where life-saving treatment exists, children should not be dying because of AIDS.

What needs to happen

  • Invest in innovation, including locally grown solutions.
  • Strengthen data collection.
  • End gender discrimination including gender-based violence, and counter stigma.
  • Prioritize efforts to address adolescents’ vulnerabilities by providing combination prevention efforts including pre-exposure prophylaxis, cash transfers and comprehensive sexuality education.

Take action
Join us on #WorldAIDSDay to raise awareness on why the world must act now to end AIDS #foreverychild.

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