Urgent action needed as Covid-19 could accelerate adolescent HIV


A person taking an HIV test. 

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What you need to know:

  • We can already see early signs of this – national helplines have reported a tenfold increase in reports on violence against girls and women since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • In Homa Bay County, youth aged 15-24 contribute 13 per cent of the total number of HIV infections amongst 15-49-year olds in the county.

For young people in Kenya, the risks of Covid-19 stretch way beyond the effects of the virus itself. We believe that Covid-19 and the containment measures could be contributing to new spikes in adolescent HIV as evidenced by reduced access to essential HIV prevention services and along with other unintended consequences such as unintended pregnancy and sexual and gender-based violence.


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