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WHO Makes Recommendations For HIV Testing, Treatment Among Adolescents

“The [WHO] on Monday launched new recommendations to address the specific needs of adolescents both for those living with HIV and those who are at risk of infection,” Xinhua reports (11/25). “The number of adolescents infected by [HIV] has jumped by one-third over the past decade, the U.N.’s health agency said …, blaming gaps in care programs,” Agence France-Presse writes (11/25). “More than two million adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 are living with HIV worldwide,” VOA News notes, adding, “Approximately 70 percent of these young people are in sub-Saharan Africa” (Lazuta, 11/25). In addition, there was “a 50 percent increase in reported AIDS-related deaths in this group compared with the 30 percent decline seen in the general population from 2005 to 2012,” a WHO press release states (11/25). According to The Guardian, the recommendations “call for more tailored approaches to testing and counseling and better, more immediate, access to treatment if young people test positive,” and “more support to disclose their status to their families and to stick to treatment regimes, the organization said” (Ford, 11/26).