460 Adolescent Girls Are Infected With HIV Daily: UNAIDS Report

Some 50 girls aged between 10 and 19 die from AIDS-related causes every day.

photo A husband and wife attend HIV testing and counseling at a clinic together.
Karin Schermbrucker/UNICEF

An estimated 50 girls aged between 10 and 19 years old around the world die from AIDS-related causes daily, while around 460 adolescent girls become infected with HIV, according to a new report.

The findings were highlighted by the executive director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibé in the recently published Women and HIV: A spotlight on adolescent girls and young women report.

he report, released in March, measures the progress made in reaching goals set in the Fast-Track Strategy, which outlines actions needed to end HIV and AIDS by 2030.

The strategy, which supports the 2016 United Nations Political Declaration on Ending AIDS, is aimed at reducing the number of new HIV infections annually to below 500,000 — by ensuring that 90% of people who are at the greatest risk of being infected with HIV have access to comprehensive education and preventative measures.