Everyday, about 1000 adolescent girls and women get infected with HIV. Adolescent girls alone in Sub-Saharan Africa account for 74% of new infections amongst adolescents in this region.
In Cameroon, adolescent girls (15–19 years) are twice as likely to be living with HIV and AIDS (2% prevalence) and only 32% of adolescent girls and young women (15–24 years) have comprehensive knowledge of HIV and AIDS compared to 41% of adolescent boys and young men.
Women constitute more than half of all people living with HIV. AIDS-related illnesses remain the leading cause of death for women of reproductive age (15-44).And despite all this, there is still a low testing rate amongst adolescent girls and young women.
Studies have shown that increasing educational achievement among women and girls is linked to better Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) outcomes including delayed childbearing, safer births etc. It has also been shown to be linked to reduced risk of partner violence, another factor that makes women and girls vulnerable to HIV.
GirlsCornerIntl through its empowerment endeavors as regarding the fight against spread of HIV amongst adolescent girls and young women raises awareness and educates young girls on SRH matters, Gender Base Violence and equally trains them using the Gospel.
Lets not fail these vulnerable ones (adolescent girls and young women). It is critical and needs urgent intervention.
Convince someone to go take an HIV/AIDS test today.