Even As HIV Treatment Access Increases, Young Women Face ‘Triple Threat’ Of Infection, UNAIDS Director Says

Agence France-Presse: HIV treatment soars, but young African women suffer: U.N.
“The number of HIV-infected people taking antiretroviral medicine has doubled in just five years, the U.N. said Monday, while highlighting high infection rates among young African women. A new report by UNAIDS said it was on course to hit a target of 30 million people on ARV treatment by 2020…” (11/21).

Science: Young African women are especially vulnerable to HIV/AIDS
“Young women in sub-Saharan Africa are living through a ‘particularly dangerous time’ when it comes to risk of HIV infection, according to the annual World AIDS Day report of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). About 19 percent of the estimated 2.1 million new cases worldwide in 2015 — the most recent data for most analyses in the report — occurred in females between the ages of 15 and 24…” (Cohen, 11/21).

U.N. News Centre: Even as HIV treatment soars, young women still face high infection risk, U.N. warns
“… ‘Young women are facing a triple threat,’ said Michel Sidibé, executive director of the Joint U.N. Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), in a press press release, ‘they are at high risk of HIV infection, have low rates of HIV testing, and have poor adherence to treatment.’ … Sidibé and [Namibian] President Hage Geingob underscored that prevention is the key to ending the AIDS epidemic among young women…” (11/21).

Xinhua News: 38 mln people living with HIV worldwide: UNAIDS report
“…[T]he report says the treatment is working as seen by the number of 5.8 million people aged over 50 whose lives have been extended. This number, the report says, is projected to increase to 8.5 million people by 2020…” (11/22).

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