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Worldwide an increasing number of children who contracted HIV as babies are surviving into adolescence, even without medication, but many are dying before treatment can be initiated or be effective.
The reasons are complicated and there is currently little research and evidence to understand the reasons behind the fact that HIV is now the second largest contributor of adolescent mortality globally, and the number one in Africa (World Health Organization).
But some evidence published by the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS) points to the fact that many of the adolescents who contracted HIV as babies (either in their mother’s womb or through breast milk), somehow slipped through the net when it came to getting diagnosed and receiving treatment.
Link Up is seeing progress but there is a need to increase tailored youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents on a much wider scale. This includes working closely with marginalised groups, such as those who use drugs, young men who have sex with men, young transgender people and young people who sell sex – as well as those who have grown up with the disease.
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