Dangerous Times for Young Women

Young women in sub-Saharan Africa face especial danger in terms of their risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, according to the new UNAIDS World AIDS Day report.

A lack of risk awareness, challenging environments with poor access to food and education, and relationships with older men contribute to their heightened vulnerability.

The Numbers:

  • 91% of new infections in the 15-to-19-year-old group were in adolescent girls.
  • About 19% of the estimated 2.1 million new global cases in 2015 occurred in females between the ages of 15 and 24
  • Nigeria alone accounts for more than 1/4 of the 150,000 new infections in children last year.

The Quote: “Young women are in an age group that is the least likely to have taken an HIV test and know their status. It’s really amazing,” says UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé.

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