UNICEF says nearly 98,000 teenage girls are still infected with HIV each year

UNICEF says nearly 98,000 teenage girls are still infected with HIV each year

UNICEF says nearly 98,000 teenage girls are still infected with HIV each year Cottonbro Studio via Pexels

Nearly 98,000 adolescent girls, aged 10-19, were infected with HIV in 2022. Every week, there were 1.9,000 new infections in this specific group. This is what reveals A UNICEF report It was launched last Friday, December 1 – World AIDS Day.

The Foundation indicates that this number is approximately half of the number recorded in 2010, which was 190,000. However, he emphasizes that girls are still more than twice as likely to become infected with HIV than boys in the same age group.

The report also draws attention to the fact that the prevalence of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa among girls and young women (aged 10 to 24 years) is three times higher than among boys and men of this age.

Globally, 270,000 children and adolescents aged 0-19 years will be infected with the virus in 2022. This brings the number of young people currently infected with HIV to about 2.6 million. Most of them live in eastern and southern African countries. In this classification, the countries of West and Central Africa are ranked next, followed by East Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and South Asia.

Regarding patients between the ages of 0 and 19 years, UNICEF indicates that nearly one million of them are not receiving appropriate treatment.

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