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60Worldwide over 60 per cent, or 3.23 million, of all young people living with HIV are young women.
Millennium Development Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
Target 6A: Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS
Indicator 6.1: HIV prevalence among population aged 15-24 years
If the spread of HIV is to be reversed, priority must be given to reaching young people, particularly adolescent girls, and especially in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The vast majority of HIV infections still occur in Sub-Saharan Africa. This region accounts for more than 80 per cent of young people 15–24 years old who are living with HIV. No matter where they live, girls and young women are especially vulnerable to HIV infection, but they are particularly so in Sub-Saharan Africa. Worldwide, over 60 per cent of all young people living with HIV are young women. In Sub-Saharan Africa, young women make up nearly 70 per cent of all young people living with HIV.