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‘HIV prevelant among youths’

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The United Nations Programme on HIV and Aids (UNAIDS) has revealed that over 168 000 Zimbabwean youths between the ages of 15 and 24 were living with the HIV/Aids virus.

According to the UNAIDS report for 2010, Zimbabwe was ranked seventh among 17 countries in the world covered by the survey.

“South Africa comes first with 837 701, India second with 685 348, Kenya is third position with 289 765, Brazil comes fourth with 275 807,” stated the report.

“Mozambique is fifth with 249 371, Zambia is number six with 189 401 young people living with HIV.”

Another UN agency, Unicef, also released a report stating an estimated 2 500 youths aged between 15 and 24 become infected with HIV every day worldwide.

The report, released on June 1 this year, said most infections were in sub-Saharan Africa.

“Of the five million HIV-positive young people, close to four million are in sub-Saharan Africa,” read the report.

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