The musician, who has raised millions of dollars for HIV/AIDS research through his foundation, said the high level of stigma and discrimination faced by the LGBTIQ+ people in Russian Federation was a direct contributor to the rapid growth of new cases of HIV.
A new data from multiple countries in sub-Saharan Africa says some 10 million young people in the region could be infected with HIV by 2050, if the current trend continues.
Kenya reported good progress in the war against HIV/AIDS at the ongoing summit in Amsterdam, Wednesday, even as it emerged that the world could be facing an HIV prevention crisis.The National AIDS Control Council (NACC) Chief Executive Officer Dr Nduku Kilonzo said Kenya had achieved significant milestones in taming the numbers of new infections and also reducing cases of mother-to-child transmission (eMTCT) of the virus.
The analysis further indicates that about two-thirds of those to be infected will be girls or young women.
According to Unicef "early sexual intercourse, including with older men, forced relationships, the power struggle that does not allow to say no, poverty, and lack of access to health services, confidential advice and tests" are the main reasons for this crisis among teenage girls.
"If countries don't provide comprehensive s3xuality education, condoms, harm reduction or pre-exposure prophylaxis for key populations, this will ultimately translate into more new HIV infections, higher future treatment costs and a higher burden for health-care budgets and systems", said Mr Sidibé. Among teenagers aged 15 to 19 the number of deaths is stagnating, while in other age groups it has been falling since 2010. "HIV thrives among the most vulnerable and marginalized, leaving teenage girls at the centre of the crisis".
In 2017, 1.2 million 15- to 19-year-olds were living with HIV, three in five of them were girls, according to UNICEF.
"As long as we do not reach the young people and stop the epidemic at home (...), we will not achieve our goals", said the director of operations of Unitaid (an worldwide organization for medicinal aid) Robert Matiru.
"We need to make girls and women secure enough economically that they don't have to turn to sex work", she said.
The expert group of scientists, convened by UNAIDS, the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC) and the International AIDS Society, warn that an overly broad and inappropriate application of criminal law against people living with HIV remains a serious concern across the globe. "We need to make sure they have the right information about how HIV is transmitted and how to protect themselves".