2,500 young people infected with HIV every day

Young people in Sudan

2,500 young people are newly infected with HIV every day, according to a new UN report.

Nearly one of every two new adult infections occurs among 15 and 24 year olds.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

2500 young people are newly infected with HIV every day, a group of UN agencies revealed on Wednesday.

In 2009, the number of young people between 15 and 24 living with HIV was estimated at 5 million.

New data shows that among the 10 to 19 year age group, 2 million adolescents are now living with HIV.

Most of them live in sub-Saharan Africa, most are women, and most do not know their status.

The report adds these young women and adolescent girls face a disproportionately high risk of infection due to biological vulnerability, social inequality and exclusion.

 Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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