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5 million: The number of young people aged 15-24 living with HIV globally in 2009 was an estimated 5 million

Millennium Development Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
Target: Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS
It is estimated that 5 million [4.3 million–5.9 million] young people (aged 15–24) and 2 million [1.8 million–2.4 million] adolescents (aged 10–19) were living with HIV in 2009. Although they could be found in countries on all continents, most of them lived in sub-Saharan Africa.
Globally, young women make up more than 60 per cent of all young people living with HIV; in sub-Saharan Africa their share jumps to 72 per cent. Thus the overall picture of young people living with HIV is predominantly African and predominantly female. Beyond these dimensions, the epidemic is highly varied.

Source: UNAIDS, unpublished estimates, 2010.
Reference: http://www.childinfo.org/files/Opportunity_in_Crisis-Report_EN_052711.pdf, p. 4.



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