HIV/AIDS still top killer of African adolescents

People sit in the waiting room at an anti-retroviral clinic, in Emmaus hospital in Winterton, South AfricaHIV/AIDS remains the leading cause of death among Africans aged between 10 and 19, UNICEF chief Anthony Lake said Monday at the start of a major international conference on the virus. "Despite remarkable global progress in tackling the HIV/AIDS pandemic, much work remains to be done to protect children and adolescents from infection, sickness and death," Lake said in a statement released on the first day of AIDS 2016, held in the South African city of Durban. "AIDS is still the number two cause of death for those aged 10-19 globally — and number one in Africa," added the head of the UN children's agency.



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