Almost 80 teenagers will die of AIDS every day between now and 2030, Unicef ​​alert

Around 360,000 adolescents will die of AIDS or a related illness from 2018 to 2030 if there is no progress in research, prevention and treatment, which means 76 deaths a day, Unicef ​​warned today.

The number of new infections in the population from 0 to 19 years, based on projections and current trends, is estimated at 270,000 in 2030, which is a drop of one third compared to current, according to the report "Children, HIV and AIDS: The world in 2030 ", published two days before the World Day to Combat AIDS.

Deaths in children and adolescents due to AIDS or related diseases will also fall from the current 119,000 to 56,000 in 2030, the year set by the UN to have eradicated the disease.

But adding up those accumulated deaths, the data show that almost 80 adolescents will die on average each day until that year.

"The report makes clear, without a doubt, that the world is wrong when it comes to ending AIDS in children and adolescents by 2030," said the executive director of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), Henrietta Fore. .

"Programs to treat the virus and prevent its spread among other children are far from what they should be," said Fore.

Around 700 adolescents between 10 and 19 years old are infected every day with the AIDS virus (HIV).

And according to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, by 2030 the number of new infections in children during its first decade of life should be reduced by half, and by 29% among the population of 10 to 19 years.

Currently, 3 million children and adolescents are living with HIV in the world, and more than half of these are in South and East Africa.

There are two major failures in the response of the disease in children, according to Unicef: the slow progress in the prevention of HIV among children and the failure to face the driver of the epidemic, which makes many children and adolescents unaware if they have HIV and, when they know it, very few follow the treatment.

The report recommends increasing the tests to diagnose children with HIV but who do not know their serological status, more diagnostic technologies or a community approach to reach adolescents.

"We can not win the battle against HIV if we do not accelerate the prevention progress of transmission to the next generation," Fore warned.


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