Abuse of teen girls leads to new HIV surge

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Abuse of teen girls leads to new HIV surge

The number of 15- to 19-year-olds starting ARV treatment has grown 10 times in the past decade

Cape Town bureau chief

Gender inequality and sexual violence are part of the reason for a tenfold increase in the number of adolescents receiving HIV treatment, says new research.

The number of 15- to 19-year-olds starting antiretroviral treatment grew from 7,949 between 2005 and 2008 to 80,918 between 2013 and 2016, according to scientists led by epidemiologist Mhairi Maskew from Wits University.

Almost 90% of the 300,000 adolescents entering care – but not necessarily starting ARV treatment – between 2005 and 2016 were female, the researchers said in The Lancet HIV (https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanhiv/article/PIIS2352-3018(19)30234-6/fulltext)...

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