Making Progress in the Fight against HIV/AIDS
For the first time since the start of the epidemic, an AIDS-free generation is within reach. UNICEF estimates that, since 2000, 30 million new infections were prevented, nearly 8 million deaths averted, and 15 million people living with HIV are now receiving treatment. In particular, UNICEF's efforts to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV have made significant progress.
But the situation is still dire for teens, especially girls.
Every two minutes, an adolescent between the ages of 15 and 19 is infected with HIV — two-thirds of them girls. According to UNICEF's For Every Child, End Aids: Seventh Stocktaking Report, HIV/AIDS is a leading cause of death for teens globally, and while deaths due to AIDS have decreased for all other age groups since 2010, among adolescents deaths have actually increased.
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.