Scientists concerned about young African girls who bear the brunt of HIV/AIDS

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Scientists have sounded the alarm over thousands of young African girls who continue to bear the brunt of HIV/AIDS.

New research shows that over 4 000 people are infected daily, with 25% of them being young African women.

The other vulnerable groups include homosexuals and drug users.

On Monday, the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) released its global statistical update on HIV/AIDS for children, adolescents and pregnant women.

The video below is UNICEF’s statistical update on HIV/AIDS for children, adolescents and pregnant women:

December 1 is World AIDS Day

Professor Sinead Delany-Moretlwe, Researcher and Director of the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI), says it is very important for those living with HIV to access to treatment and be vaccinated against coronavirus.

“I think the important message for us with COVID-19 is that we really need to ensure that all those people living with HIV know their status and are linked to care. Because certainly people who are suppressed on antiretroviral (ARV) therapy will do much better if they do get COVID-19 and also they obviously should access vaccinations because again that will protect them against COVID-19,” say Delany-Moretlwe.

Full impact of COVID-19 on paediatric treatment of HIV/AIDS still unfolding: