Increase In HIV Diagnoses, Deaths Among Adolescents In Asia Raises Alarm, According To U.N. Report

News outlets highlight findings from a new report titled Adolescents: Under the Radar in the Asia-Pacific AIDS Response and published by the Asia-Pacific Inter-Agency Task Team on Young Key Populations, which includes UNICEF and UNAIDS.

The Guardian: Mobile dating apps spur HIV epidemic among Asia’s teenagers, says U.N.
“United Nations research has found the growing use of mobile dating apps by young gay men is a major factor in a new HIV epidemic among teenagers in Asia, The Guardian can reveal. … The two-year study found that smartphone dating apps have expanded the options for spontaneous casual sex as never before…” (Holmes, 11/30).

New York Times: Rise in HIV Among China’s Youth Draws Attention for World AIDS Day
“As China prepares to observe World AIDS Day on Tuesday, health officials and researchers are raising alarms over an increase in new infections among high school and college students…” (Tatlow, 11/30).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Number of AIDS deaths among young Asians doubles over past decade: U.N.
“The estimated number of adolescents dying of AIDS in the Asia Pacific region has more than doubled since 2005, experts said on Monday, warning of a ‘hidden epidemic’…” (Tang, 11/30).

U.N. News Centre: ‘Hidden epidemic’ of HIV hitting adolescents in Asia-Pacific region, U.N. agencies warn
“…[T]he report warned that the AIDS epidemic cannot be ended as a public health threat by 2030 without tackling the issue of adolescents. It called on governments to provide access to adolescent-sensitive HIV testing and treatment and develop better data and adolescent-specific laws and policies, including comprehensive sex education in schools and through social media, information on where to get an HIV test, and condom use…” (11/30).

Xinhua News: Increase in AIDS among adolescents worrying: UNAIDS official
“…[Simon Bland, director of the UNAIDS New York Liaison Office,] said that recent figures from China were a ‘real concern.’ The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) said that there were 575,000 people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) by the end of October this year and 177,000 deaths…” (12/1).

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