Making Progress in the Fight against HIV/AIDS
The world pledged to end AIDS by 2030. Remarkable progress has been made in the past decade among children from infancy to age 9, but adolescents have been left behind in HIV prevention efforts. A staggering 360,000 adolescents are projected to die of AIDS-related diseases between 2018 and 2030 without additional investment in HIV prevention, testing and treatment programs.
But the situation is still dire for teens, especially girls. In 2017, females accounted for two-thirds of all new HIV infections among adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19.
Three million children and adolescents are living with HIV. Even with success, a large population of children and adolescents living with HIV will need access to services well beyond 2030. An estimated 2 million new HIV infections could be averted between 2018 and 2030 if global goals are met — 1.5 million of these would be among adolescents.
UNICEF remains committed to a multifaceted approach to stopping the epidemic including prevention, treatment, protection and care, as well as support for children and adolescents who are most at risk.