According to United Nations (UN)’s report from 25th of July 2018 which came as a warning for a crisis fuelled by gender inequality, HIV, the virus that causes AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome), infects a teen girl between 15 and 19 years old every three minutes.
From the people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), two-thirds of them are young women and girls between the ages of 15 and 19 for the year of 2017. This was confirmed by data revealed at the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The head of the UN Children’s Fund (Unicef), Henrietta Fore, referred to it as a “crisis of health.”
“In most countries, women and girls lack access to information, to services, or even just the power to say no to unsafe sex,” she said.
“HIV thrives among the most vulnerable and marginalized, leaving teenage girls at the center of the crisis.”
Last year AIDS made 130,000 victims, youngsters aged 19 and under while 430,000 (almost 50 every hour) were recently infected, the agency said.
Since 2010 AIDS started to take more and more people each year no matter their age, but it seems like the teens aged 15 to 19 are its favorite dessert.
According to Unicef, in 2017 three in five girls or 1.2 million of them aged 15 to 19-year-olds who lived with the immune system destroying the virus.
“The epidemic’s spread among adolescent girls is being fuelled by early sex, including with older males; forced sex; powerlessness in negotiating about sex; poverty; and lack of access to confidential counseling and testing services,” it pointed out.
Scientists are still looking for a cure, but it is not as simple as we wanted it to be as this virus was first made by humans.