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UNICEF: HIV Infections Down Among World’s Youth

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says that HIV infections among the world's youth dropped by 12 percent over the last decade, but fell short of the 25 percent target set by world leaders.

UNICEF director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Elhadj As Sy, points that out early sexual debut, pregnancy and drug use are driving the spread of HIV among youth, and called on communities to address issues of teen sex and drug use.

The organisation states that five million people aged 15 to 24 have HIV, down 12 percent from 2001, but with 2 500 new infections daily.

HIV Infection Rate on the Decline

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) says the sub-Saharan Africa, the region worst affected by AIDS, is leading a decline in new HIV infections, with new infections in the area declining by over a quarter in the last decade.

In a press statement, UNAIDS points out that, "The data shows that countries with the largest epidemics in Africa -- Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe -- are leading the drop in new HIV infections."

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