Approximately one in five of all new HIV infections in the world were among women under the age of 25 -- with approximatelyyoung women becoming HIV-positive in just one year. Without a significant increase in HIV information, prevention, testing, and treatment aimed at young adults and adolescents, there is a significant threat of a new wave of HIV transmissions among this generation. Ambassador Birx and others also highlighted evidence showing that young African men are more likely than young African women to be living with undiagnosed and untreated HIV. Testimony by young activists at AIDS showed that adolescents and young adults are not accessing or using HIV-related testing or services because they perceive these services as irrelevant to them, not friendly or accessible, or of poor quality. Africa is the world's youngest continent; in some countries, most people are younger than 20, and the youth population under 25 years old is predicted to almost double from million today to million by Advertisement The content on this page is free of advertiser influence and was produced by our editorial team. Moreover, because they are unaware of their HIV status, they are more likely to transmit HIV to their sexual partners.
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A range of young community advocates at the youth-focused AIDS pre-conference called for funding and support for involving young people in the design, implementation, and oversight of services. The world is making headway against HIV. Ultimately, the answer is what has been true since the beginning of the HIV epidemic: Sign up for email newsletters featuring the latest news, analysis and information. Knowledge about HIV changes rapidly.