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AIDS-Related Death Leading Cause Of Adolescent Mortality In Africa, Second Globally, UNICEF Data Show

News outlets discuss findings from UNICEF’s Statistical Update on Children, Adolescents and AIDS.

Agence France-Presse: Adolescent deaths from AIDS tripled since 2000: UNICEF
“The number of adolescents dying from AIDS has tripled over the last 15 years, most of them having acquired the disease when they were infants, according to figures released Friday by UNICEF…” (11/26).

Associated Press: UNICEF: AIDS leading cause of death for African teenagers
“While the global push to eradicate HIV may have saved over a million babies, AIDS is now the leading cause of death for African teenagers and the second most common killer for adolescents across the globe, the United Nations’ agency for children said on Friday…” (Chutel, 11/27).

CNN: Adolescent deaths from AIDS have tripled since 2000, UNICEF study finds
“…The UNICEF study found that 26 adolescents are infected every hour, and only one in 10 adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa is tested for HIV. Girls in the region are disproportionately affected, accounting for seven of 10 new infections among 15-19-year-olds, the study found…” (Gigova, 11/29).

International Business Times: Adolescent Deaths From AIDS Have Tripled Over The Last 15 Years Despite Overall Decline
“…Since 2000, nearly 1.3 million new infections among children have been averted — largely due to advances in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. However, despite this progress, nearly 2.6 million children under 15 are still living with HIV, of which only one in three are on treatment…” (Pandey, 11/27).

U.N. News Centre: Adolescent deaths from AIDS have tripled since 2000, warns new UNICEF study
“… ‘Among HIV-affected populations, adolescents are the only group for which the mortality figures are not decreasing,’ according to UNICEF…” (11/27).