New-York: Population Council, 2007. 4 p.
Promoting Healthy, Safe, and Productive Transitions to Adulthood, Brief N°4, 2007
Promoting Healthy, Safe, and Productive Transitions to Adulthood
South Africa is disproportionately affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The country has less than one percent of the world's 15-24-year-olds, yet these young people account for approximately 14 percent of all global HIV infections among this age group. Young women are at particular risk among 15-24 year-olds, four times as many females as males are living with HIV (16.9 percent versus 4.4 percent) and girls are becoming infected at much faster rates than boys. Despite these statistics, many HIV/AIDS prevention programs aimed at South African youth focus on a narrow set of topics - often limited to biology and moral values - without addressing the social and economic contexts in which risky sexual behaviors take place. Many programs also fail to acknowledge the diversity of youth or to reach the most vulnerable groups.
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