India among countries with highest HIV adolescents

United Nations: India, where 95,000 adolescents are living with HIV, has been listed along with the sub-Saharan countries having the highest number of youngsters infected by the deadly virus, according to a UN report.

In the age group of 10-19 years, India with 46,000 infected girls and 49,000 boys, has been ranked tenth in the list of countries most affected with HIV in 2009, the report
`Opportunity in Crisis: Preventing HIV from early adolescence to young adulthood` said.

South Africa is at the top with 2,10,000 girls and 82,000 boys infected with the virus while Nigeria at second with 1,80,000 girls and 1,00,000 boys followed by Kenya.

The report, released yesterday, said that most infected adolescents live in sub-Saharan Africa and most of them are women, and most do not know their status.

It said globally young women make up more than 60 per cent of all young people living with HIV.

"For many young people HIV infection is the result of neglect, exclusion, and violations that occur with the knowledge of families, communities, social and political leaders," said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.


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