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New HIV recommendations for adolescents

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25 November 2013 -- More than 2 million adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 years are living with HIV, and many do not receive the care and support that they need to stay in good health and prevent transmission. In addition, millions more adolescents are at risk of infection. The failure to support effective and acceptable HIV services for adolescents has resulted in a 50% increase in reported AIDS-related deaths in this group compared with the 30% decline seen in the general population from 2005 to 2012. New WHO recommendations released in the run-up to World AIDS Day 2013 are the first to address the specific needs of adolescents, both for those living with HIV and those who are at risk of infection.

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35.3 millionThere were 35.3 million people living with HIV in 2012.

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2.1 million2.1 million adolescents were living with HIV in 2012.

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9.7 millionAt the end of 2012, 9.7 million people in low- and middle-income countries were receiving antiretroviral therapy.

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