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UNICEF Adolescent deaths from AIDS have tripled since 2000 in Sub-Sahara Africa

Despite the curb of HIV/AIDs in sub-Sahara Africa, the number of adolescent deaths has tripled in the past 15 years.

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Despite the curb of HIV/AIDs in sub-Sahara Africa, the number of adolescent deaths has tripled in the past 15 years.

Most adolescents who die of AIDS related illnesses were infected with HIV as infants. According to UNICEF 26 adolescents are infected every hour, and only one in ten adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa is tested for HIV.

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Craig McClure, Head of UNICEF global HIV/AIDS stated during a conference in Johannesburg, South Africa that it is essential for young people living with HIV to have access to treatment, care, and support. He further stated that Nations should enhance HIV negative people to have access to the knowledge of preventive measures.

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The gains we have made on preventing mother-to-child transmission are laudable and to be celebrated," McClure said. "Immediate investments are needed to get lifesaving treatment to children and adolescents who are infected."

The report further shows that about half of the world's adolescents with HIV live in just six countries: South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, India, Mozambique and Tanzania.

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AIDS is the No. 1 cause of death among adolescents in Africa and the second leading cause of death among adolescents globally, according to UNICEF.

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