01 Jun '11, 3pm

JOHANNESBURG - HIV infections among the world's youth dropped by 12 per cent over the last decade, but fell shor...

JOHANNESBURG - HIV infections among the world's youth dropped by 12 per cent over the last decade, but fell short of the 25 per cent target set by world leaders, a Unicef report said on Wednesday. 'Is it progress? Yes. Is it enough? Absolutely not,' said Elhadj As Sy, Unicef director for eastern and southern Africa, at the launch of the report in Johannesburg. Five million people aged 15-24 have HIV, down 12 per cent from 2001, but with 2,500 new infections daily, the report said. Young women are hardest hit, representing more than 60 per cent of all young people living with HIV - a figure that jumps to 72 per cent in sub-Saharan Africa. African youth generally bear a staggering share of the burden and risk: close to four of the five million young people living with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa, it said. As Mr Sy said early sexual debut, pregnancy and drug use are driving...

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