New HIV infections amongst girls, young women worrisome

Neo Masisi PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Neo Masisi PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

National coordinator of the National AIDS and Health Promotion Agency (NAHPA), Ontiretse Letlhare says the latest statistics reveal a troubling trend of an increase in HIV amongst adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) aged 15 to 24 years.

Speaking at a Gala Dinner in honour of the First Lady Neo Masisi as the UNAIDS Champion For The Empowerment and Engagement of Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Gaborone recently, Letlhare pointed out that it was worrying because AGYW constitutes about nine percent of Botswana’s population, yet that cohort accounts for about 24% of a new infection.

He added that the other worrying fact about that category of their citizens was that even though the country attained and surpassed the 95-95-95 UNAIDS global targets, the AGYW category falls below the national average as they stand at 82.3% under the first 95% target and at 91.5% the third target.

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