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Global launch of the Opportunity in Crisis Report “Preventing HIV from early adolescence to early adulthood” with UN partners and the World Bank



Mr. Elhaj As Sy, Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, UNICEF
Mr. Edwin Huizing, Director, Sub-Regional office for Africa, UNFPA
Dr. Nono Simelela, Chief Executive Officer, South African National AIDS Council
TBC, Representative from Baylor Center for Excellence in Botswana
Rayhana Rassool, Senior Campaigns Manager, Soul City Institute for Health & Development Communication
Youth delegates from Love Life, South Africa’s national HIV prevention initiative for young people


Atlas Studios, Studio 4, Corner Frost & Owl St, Milpark, Johannesburg, South Africa


1 June 2011; 10:30 am to 12pm Johannesburg time


The Opportunity in Crisis presents, for the first time, new data on HIV prevelance in young people aged 15-24 years, breaking down the data by country and the number of HIV-positive adolescents living there. The report highlights high risk behaviors while focusing on key gaps and opportunities for effective HIV prevention among youth. The report is issued by UNICEF and its partners (UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNESCO, ILO, WHO and the World Bank).
Some of the major findings include:

An estimated 890,000 young people aged 15-24 were newly infected with HIV in 2009 – that is nearly 2500 every day.
Young people aged 15 to 24 accounted for 41 per cent of new infections among adults aged 15 and older.
Globally young women make up more than 60 per cent of all young people living with HIV. In sub-Saharan Africa their share jumps to 72 per cent.

The report will be launched by a panel in Johanesburg and news embargoed until 6:00 AM US EST (11:00 GMT), 1 June 2011.

The report comes a week ahead of the 2011 UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS which will take place from 8–10 June 2011 in New York. The world will come together to review progress and chart the future course of the global AIDS response. Member States are expected to adopt a new Declaration that will reaffirm current commitments and commit to actions to guide and sustain the global AIDS response.


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