Lives of Adolescents Worldwide "Transformed" by HIV/AIDS Epidemic, 2003 World Youth Report Says
April 28, 2004
Although young people between the ages of 15 and 24 are better educated and have greater access to information than ever before, HIV/AIDS has taken a "heavy toll" on and "transformed the lives" of the vast majority of the world's 1.1 billion young people, according to the U.N. "World Youth Report 2003" released on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. The 408-page report, which was issued by the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, is the first comprehensive U.N. examination of the state of young people throughout the world since 1995 (Gamel, Associated Press, 4/27). According to the report, as many as 7,000 young people are infected with HIV each day (U.N. release, 4/27). Although the HIV prevalence in Central Asia and Eastern Europe is "relatively low," the regions have the fastest growing prevalence in the world, the report says. However, "only a few" developed countries have HIV prevalence rates above 0.5%, according to the report. In the United States, up to 0.27% of young women and 0.57% of young men were living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2001, the report says (Associated Press, 4/27).
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