Editorial from the HIV/AIDS Section’s Chief:
December 9, 2013: Putting the Health of Young Mothers First: Key to Stopping AIDS
Note: This article was originally published in the Hufftington Post on 29 November 2013
A young woman in sub-Saharan Africa is as much as four times more likely to be infected with HIV than a young man her age. While anti-retroviral drugs have saved countless lives, HIV is still the leading cause of death for women in their reproductive years.
Young women are the most vulnerable to HIV. If we are to stop the epidemic, we must give them the means to protect their health.
On 29 November 2013, UNICEF released the 6th Stocktaking Report on Children and AIDS. The Report is showcasing the breakthroughs in the 30 year epidemic, which now make it possible to nearly eliminate the risk of women living with HIV passing the virus to their babies. Read more…