Recent studies suggest that HIV infections are six (6) times higher among 15-19 year-old females compared to males. Cultural barriers, gender roles and sex tourism are major drivers of the epidemic. UNGASS 2010 further states that since 2006 there has been a minimal but steady increase in the prevalence of HIV from 1.2% to 1.5%. The report also highlights that males account for 47.5% and females account for 52.5% of all new HIV infections.
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