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Mobile dating apps could be driving HIV epidemic among adolescents in Asia Pacific, report says

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6493 (Published 02 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6493
  1. Jocalyn Clark
  1. 1Dhaka

A recent upsurge in HIV infections among teenagers in the Asia Pacific region may be due to casual sex after using mobile dating apps, a new report from the United Nations has said.

A UN inter-agency team has released data showing a worrying surge of HIV infections among 10-19 year olds in the Asia Pacific region, where more than half of the world’s 1.2 billion adolescents live.1 An estimated 50 000 new HIV infections occurred among adolescents aged 15-19 in 2014, accounting for 15% of new infections in the …

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