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World AIDS Day 2017: Global AIDS targets won't be met unless progress accelerates

UNICEF Image: Mother and two children in Malawi
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Maria and her two children, Joyous, 6, and Eliza, 2, at their home in Malawi. “When I got the results that my babies were born HIV negative, I immediately called all my relatives sharing with them the truth that although I was HIV Positive my children were born negative. This was cause for much celebration.”

In 2016, 120,000 children under the age of 14 died of AIDS related causes, and 18 children were infected with HIV every single hour. If current trends persist, there will be 3.5 million new adolescent HIV infections by 2030.

The 2017 UNICEF Statistical Update on Children and AIDS warns that the outlook for hundreds of thousands of children and adolescents is bleak unless action is accelerated.

Statistical update 2017: English | Français

The facts

  • 1.4 million pregnant women and 2.1 million adolescents living with HIV.
  • 18 children are infected with HIV every hour.
  • 160,000 new childhood HIV infections aged 0-14 in 2016.
  • 120,000 AIDS-related deaths of children under 14 in 2016.
  • Around 2 million new HIV infections among children have been averted since 2000.
  • 30 adolescents are infected with HIV every hour.
  • 260,000 new HIV infections among adolescents in 2016.
  • 55,000 AIDS-related deaths among adolescents (10-19 years) in 2016.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for about 9 in 10 of women and children living with HIV and 9 in 10 of adolescent AIDS-related deaths.



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Discover Livey’s incredible story of hope after discovering she was HIV-positive and pregnant at just 17.


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

What needs to happen

In order to end AIDS in children, the remaining 57 per cent of children (1.2 million) who are not on treatment need to be identified and started on lifelong treatment as a matter of urgency.

Preventing new adolescent HIV infections will require bold and innovative programmes, tailored to the specific needs of the local epidemic.

Programmes should focus on improved combination prevention efforts, including biomedical, behavioural and structural interventions with components such as HIV self-testing, pre-exposure prophylaxis, voluntary medical male circumcision, condoms, harm reduction and interventions to end gender-based violence.

These interventions must be prioritized for adolescent girls in sub-Saharan Africa, and the most-at-risk adolescent population groups in the rest of the world.

Improving maternal and child survival in Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi and Uganda. Discover what was accomplished.


Learn more

Meet some of the children and adolescents who have been affected by HIV/AIDS.


When he was around 15, Kawee found out he was HIV positive. Today he is healthy and training to be a peer educator in Thailand.


An HIV positive youth activist, Yana runs Teenergizer, a youth organization supporting teens with HIV in Ukraine.


After enroling in a prevention of mother to child transmission programme, Queen gave birth to beautiful Neo who tested negative for HIV.


Take action

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

View the photo essay: Waiting for a diagnosis. Babies can wait months for HIV results, but new technology can give a result the same day, speeding up treatment, and saving lives.





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