HIV/AIDS: The Leading Killer of Women Around the World

Girls and Babies Infections Are Up Also

By Anita Estell

Jenny Ottenhoff recently published a compelling piece, AIDS is Still a Crisis for the ONEBlog.  Ottenhoff reports, “New data released last week shows that the world is off track to reach key targets for HIV treatment and prevention by 2020. This puts us dangerously at risk of falling behind in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.”

ONE provides a set of infographics that tell a succinct but disturbing story:  among teens, girls make up 75% of the new infections; AIDS is the number 1 cause of death for women globally; and 180,000 babies infected by mother; and only 50 % of children with HIV are getting effective treatments.

[ezcol_1half][/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]Girls represent three out of four new infections among kids aged 10-19 in sub-Saharan Africa. Only about one-third of the young people in sub-Saharan Africa have access to information needed to help prevent transmission.[/ezcol_1half_end]