The Feminization of HIV/AIDS

The ‘feminization’ of HIV/AIDS poses a multidimensional health and humanitarian crisis, which could impact human development and economic growth. The global HIV/AIDS pandemic highlights the importance of targeted health policies and program that address the needs of women and girls.

UNAIDS reported in 2007 that over 60% of the world’s population living with HIV were females, and that those aged 15-24 years were found more likely to be HIV positive than their male counterparts.

Females – particularly adolescent girls – often form the backbone of their communities and are a crucial vehicle for both economic and human development. Through targeted education efforts, the creation of economic opportunities, adequate health investments, and social support, academics, researchers and policymakers have the opportunity to strengthen and promote the development of economies and societies worldwide.

As such, adolescent girls form a core group for policy makers and community members to invest in towards developing and improving societies worldwide.

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