Study Finds Many Young Women With HIV In 7 African Countries Unaware Of Infection

The Guardian: Many young African women with HIV unaware they are infected
“Less than half of young women with HIV in seven southern and east African countries are aware they are infected, according to a wide-ranging study. … Only 46.3% of those infected were aware that they had the disease, and only 45% of those with the infection were receiving treatment and virally suppressed. The two-year survey, published by the [U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s] Morbidity and Mortality Weekly, has flagged up the severe shortfalls in reaching the UNAIDS targets for young women and adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa that set out to ensure that by 2020, 90% of HIV-infected people would be aware of their status; with another 90% of that total receiving anti-retroviral treatment, and 90% of those virally suppressed. The researchers interviewed more than 28,000 young women under the auspices of surveys funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief…” (Beaumont, 2/14).

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