GLOBAL IMPACT OF HIV/AIDS ON YOUTH

While HIV/AIDS has always been an epidemic of young people,current trends indicate that this may well be but the tip ofthe iceberg.

The current impact is expected to worsen, with projected numbers of people living with HIV/AIDS in hard hit countries rising steadily over the next two decades.1
CURRENT & PROJECTED IMPACT
HIV/AIDS prevalence among young people is already high in
many countries around the world, and young people continue
to make up a significant proportion of new infections:
• There are an estimated 40 million people living with
HIV/AIDS worldwide, more than a third of whom (38%) are
under the age of 25. Teens and young adults between the
ages of 15 and 24 represent almost a third of the 40
million people living with HIV/AIDS.2
• Of the 5 million people newly infected with HIV in 2001,
almost 6 in 10 (58%) were under the age of 25. Those in
the 15-24 year old age group represented 4 in 10 of these
new infections (see Figure 1). Young people ages 15-24
account for half of all new infections among adults ages
15-49. This amounts to almost 6,000 infections per day
among 15-24 year olds, or approximately one every 15
seconds.2,3
• Most (77%) young people living with HIV/AIDS live in sub-
Saharan Africa,4 as do over 90% of the world’s AIDS
orphans (some 12.1 million children).5 About 15% of
young people living with HIV/AIDS are in the East/South
Asia and Pacific region of the world (see Figure 2).4,6
• High rates of HIV infection among young people are, for
the most part, occurring in countries with very young populations.
Over half the population of sub-Saharan Africa,
for example, is estimated to be under 18 (with one in four
between 10 and 19).4,7
• The confluence of high HIV/AIDS prevalence and disproportionately
young populations results in a concentration
of new infections among youth. I call on International Youth Council to focus more on HIV/AIDS in their youth Assembly in 2012 and i beleived all African countries will be in support of this ideas and the world at large as HIV/AIDS is a global problem.

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