UNAIDS report on HIV/Aids

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August 10, 2017 News

A report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAIDS) shows that deaths have fallen from 1.9 million in 2005 to one million in 2016. And, for the first time, more people than not are receiving treatment.  But for women and girls, the situation is still grim because women are twice as likely to acquire HIV, and in Sub-Saharan Africa 75 percent of teenagers infected are girls.  Experts say the fight against HIV/Aids needs to tackle larger gender issues like violence against women, keeping young girls in school, educating them on sex education and building life skills that enable them to say “no” to sex.  But for this to work, men have to be educated as well since research shows they are not wearing condoms and are not aware of their infection, frequently leading to transmission to young women.  This is confirmed by an increasing mortality rate in men who do not know their positive status. – Sourced from PRI.org

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