More and more young people are becoming infected with HIV
On the occasion of World AIDS Day on December 1st, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns of a further rise in immune disease among young people. The number of HIV deaths among adolescents has increased steadily since the beginning of the millennium. The number has almost tripled since 2001. At that time there were still 38,000 adolescents who died from HIV infection between the ages of 10 and 19. According to the WHO, there were now 107,000 in 2012.
The total number of deaths associated with HIV fell by around 30 percent between 2005 and 2012. Because the chances of getting old with this disease are never as promising as today. The total number of infected adolescents has also increased. In 2001, the WHO still registered 1.5 million adolescents who carried the virus. By the end of 2012, there were 2.1 million.
In view of these figures, the UN organization is calling for more aid for young people and more prevention campaigns. Among other things, a website is to be set up by January that will specifically appeal to young people. The focus must be more on young people, because young people are less often tested for HIV than adults, said the director of the WHO Department for Combating HIV and AIDS, Gottfried Hirnschall. You need more support to deal with the disease. "Young people need medical services and support that are tailored to their specific needs." In many countries, adolescents can only take an HIV test with their parents' permission. That should change in the future. (fr)
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