'80 Percent Of HIV Patients In Africa Are Girls' - WHO
This is shocking and alarming. Something must be done to end this trend.
Africa's future is at risk with the growing rate of new HIV cases on the continent. Sub-saharan Africa appears to be the most hit with people having less access to medical aid.
The Director, Family and Reproductive Health Cluster, Dr. Felicitas Zawaira says girls account for nearly 80 per cent of new HIV infections in Sub-Saharan Africa.
She was speaking in Abuja on Monday at a forum aimed at promoting preventive measures and creating improved access to testing and treatment for those infected.
Dr. Zawaira said most recent data from the organisation shows that only 13% of these adolescent girls, and nine per cent of adolescent boys have been tested for HIV in the past 12 months in the region.
She blamed leaders of African countries for not paying attention to the specific plans and policies aimed at integrating these adolescents.
“These realities are compounded by the fact that adolescents and young people represent a growing share of people living with HIV.
“In 2015, 250,000 adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 were newly infected with HIV.
“Adolescents and young people are our future; we call them the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) generation.
“This is because they will be adults by the time we get to 2030. Unless we ensure that they grow up healthy and remain healthy, we are going to face incredible challenges down the road,’’ Zawaira said.
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