Number of AIDS deaths among young Asians doubles over past decade: U.N.

By Alisa Tang BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The estimated number of adolescents dying of AIDS in the Asia Pacific region has more than doubled since 2005, experts said on Monday, warning of a “hidden epidemic”. The Asia Pacific region has made enormous strides against HIV/AIDS in the adult population, with a 31 percent drop in new HIV infections between 2000 and 2014, and 28 percent decline in AIDS-related deaths between 2005 and 2014. “This is the first, definitive report on adolescents – teenagers between 10 and 19,” said Wing-Sie Cheng, UNICEF regional adviser on HIV and AIDS.
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