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Why are cases of HIV infections on the rise among girls?

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Children and adolescents aged 19 years and under account for just 7% of those with HIV, but they make up 15% of those who die from AIDS-related disease. Image for illustration purposes
Children and adolescents aged 19 years and under account for just 7% of those with HIV, but they make up 15% of those who die from AIDS-related disease. Image for illustration purposes
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  • A new global snapshot from UNICEF finds that the burden of HIV is falling disproportionately on adolescent girls and children in some areas of the world.
  • Children are primarily becoming infected with HIV by contracting it from often adolescent-age mothers, who have acquired the disease as a result of multiple intertwining factors.
  • Children and adolescents aged 19 years and under account for just 7% of those with HIV, but they make up 15% of those who die from AIDS-related disease.

Overall, the incidence of HIV has fallen from what it once was globally. However, a new and troubling “global snapshot” from UNICEF finds that, for adolescent girls and children in many areas, the crisis persists.

Follow the link below to Medical News Today to reads the full story:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/why-are-cases-of-hiv-infections-on-the-rise-among-girls

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Information Source: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com

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