Cameroon – World AIDS Day: A 60% increase expected in new HIV infections among adolescents by 2030 in the absence of a new mobilization

Written by Deckson N.

In a report published on 1 December 2016, the United Nations Fund (UNICEF) urged urgent action to improve the prevention and treatment of infection among young people.

In a UNICEF report released on December 1, 2016, the number of new HIV infections among adolescents is expected to increase from 250,000 in 2015 to about 400,000 per year by 2030 if progress toward this group of HIV- Ages. “While tremendous progress has been made worldwide in the fight against AIDS, the fight is far from over, especially with regard to children and adolescents. If we are to put an end to AIDS, we must give back to this battle the urgency it deserves and redouble our efforts to help every child and adolescent, “said Anthony Lake, UNICEF.

Indeed, AIDS remains one of the leading causes of death among adolescents. According to the seventh report on the situation of children and AIDS, entitled For every child: ending AIDS, 41,000 adolescents aged 10-19 years died of AIDS in 2015.

Accordingly, the UNICEF report proposes strategies to accelerate progress in the prevention and treatment of HIV among adolescents. These strategies include investing in innovation, including locally developed solutions; Improve data collection; End discrimination based on gender, in particular, violence against women, and combat stigma; Making the fight against adolescent vulnerability a priority by deploying prevention efforts on a number of fronts, including pre-exposure prophylaxis, cash transfers and comprehensive sex education.

In sub-Saharan Africa, the region most affected by the pandemic, three-quarters of new infections among 15-19-year-olds involved girls.

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