Young women at more risk of HIV infection than young menBMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1883 (Published 08 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1883
- Michael Day
The unchecked sexual exploitation of girls and women is contributing to the fact that young women are “bearing the brunt” of new HIV infections, Unicef has warned in a report.
Unicef adds that this route of infection is undermining medical progress against the AIDS pandemic.
It says that of the 5.5 million people aged 15-24 worldwide with the virus, two thirds are women. In southern Africa, which is home to 67% of all people with HIV, women under 25 are 2-4.5 times more likely than male peers to become infected.
Anita Tiessen, deputy …