Why it is needed

Unprotected sex is the second largest health risk for young people globally. In many countries, sexuality education is limited or non-existent, and young people don't have access to condoms, contraceptive methods and health care services like testing. 

Significant progress has been made in fighting the global AIDS epidemic: more and more people have access to HIV treatment and the number of new infections continues to decline. Unfortunately, most large efforts to combat HIV have failed to specifically address the vulnerability of young people. A limited understanding of youth’s specific needs and behavior, and inadequate communications strategies are responsible for these poor health outcomes. As a result, the number of young people under the age of 25 that died because of AIDS-related causes, increased with 50 % between 2004 and 2014.

35,3 million
people are living with HIV globally
2.1 million new infections every year

Of all people infected with HIV, almost half are younger than 25
The total number of people living with HIV is on the rise, because more people have access to medicine.
Globally, AIDS is the number 2 cause of death among young people between 10 and 19

Since 2001, the number of people infected with HIV per year has decreased by nearly 33 %
Every year, a total of
7,3 million
teenage girls give birth, of which 2 million before they turn 15

One-fifth of young women in developing countries become pregnant before they turn 18. In these countries, every day 20,000 girls give birth before their 18th birthday.
Complications related to pregnancy and childbirth are the second cause of death among girls between 15 and 19

Every 15 seconds someone is infected with HIV

Globally, 35% of women (15 and above) have been victims of either intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence

Sources: WHO (2013) & UNAIDS The Gap Report (2014)