Many countries have made progress in reducing the number of new HIV infections through comprehensive prevention efforts. But much work still needs to be done. New HIV infections could be significantly reduced if effective prevention programs are expanded and reach those at greatest risk of HIV infection.
The underlying causes for adolescent pregnancy and resulting school dropout are complex and include issues such as parent-child communication, gender inequity, a lack of services and high-quality comprehensive sexuality education for young adolescents (aged 10-14 years). With the majority of Kenya's population under 25 years, and two out of every five people under the age of 15, there is an urgent need for change.
Last week, I boarded a flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne, skimmed the official program of the 20th International AIDS Conference, circled a few of the stories I wanted to cover, and went to sleep. By the time I landed, the lead story had changed.