Ending HIV means prioritizing women and girls.

HIV prevention, treatment, and care policies must start with women and girls.

We cannot turn the tide on HIV and AIDS unless we prioritize women and girls and ensure access to integrated health services including HIV prevention, treatment, and care, family planning, safe abortion services, and the prevention and treatment of gender based violence. This programming must advance the rights of all women and girls including sex workers, LGBTQ people, incarcerated people, people who use drugs, and those living with HIV.

HIV Prevention, Treatment & Care Snapshot
  • Girls aged 10-19 account for 74% of all new HIV infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa.1
  • 80 percent of the women age 15-24 living with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa.2
  • 15% of adolescent girls and young women aged 15–24 know their HIV status.3

1 UNAIDS & The African Union, Empower Young Women and Adolescent Girls: Fast Tracking the End of the AIDS Epidemic 1, 8 (2015), available at http://www.unaids.org/sites/default/files/media_asset/JC2746_en.pdf#page=10.

2 UNAIDS, The Gap Report 2014, Adolescent Girls and Young Women 3 (2014), available at http://www.unaids.org/sites/default/files/media_asset/02_Adolescentgirlsandyoungwomen.pdf.

3 World Health Org., Adolescents: health risks and solutions, Fact Sheet, May 2017, available at http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs345/en/ (last accessed July 11, 2017).

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