World AIDS Day: One child was infected with HIV every two minutes in 2020 – UNICEF

A recent report from the United Nations Children’s Fund revealed that one child was infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus every two minutes in 2020.

UNICEF released the report on Tuesday ahead of World AIDS Day, which is commemorated every 1st of December.

According to the report, at least 300,000 children were newly infected with HIV in 2020 while another 120,000 children died from AIDS-related causes during the same period.

“In Nigeria, almost eight out of ten new infections occurring in adolescents aged 10-19 occur in adolescent girls, while an estimated 83,000 pregnant women in Nigeria are HIV positive,” the report revealed.

The report also revealed that COVID-19 pandemic is deepening the inequalities that have long driven the HIV epidemic, which makes more children and pregnant women at risk of contacting HIV.

“The HIV epidemic enters its fifth decade amid a global pandemic that has overloaded health care systems and constrained access to life-saving services. Meanwhile, rising poverty, mental health issues, and abuse are increasing children and women’s risk of infection,” UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, said.

She added, “Unless we ramp up efforts to resolve the inequalities driving the HIV epidemic, which are now exacerbated by COVID-19, we may see more children infected with HIV and more children losing their fight against AIDS.”

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