Jun 3, 2011

HIV/AIDS: Young people at highest risk of HIV infection

AUTHOR:Plus NewsSOURCE:Irin News

The Opportunity in Crisis report, released June 1st by the UN, estimated that 2,500 people ages 15-24 become infected with HIV every day. Of the four million HIV-positive people between these age groups in sub-Saharan Africa, 72% are female, highlighting the particular vulnerability of young African women. The report calls for education, increased protection and privacy rights, and increased monitoring, evaluation, and data collection for this demographic group. Our work at Life for Mothers focuses on this vulnerable age group as we work to educate women on protecting themselves from HIV infection or living safely and responsibly if already positive, especially if they are of reproductive age.  To read the article on the Opportunity in Crisis report, click here.

Did you know?

Maternal mortality is the health indicator that shows the widest gaps between rich and poor, both between and within countries.

Source:World Health Organization, 2010

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