(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 9, 2015 shows Claudia Aulo, a 13-year-old girl living with Aids and who lost both parents to the disease, taking her drugs at her grandmothers house in Ndiwa. / AFP / Simon MAINA
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Every three minutes, a girl between the ages of 15 and 19 is infected with the virus that causes AIDS, said a U.N. report Wednesday that warned of a "crisis" fuelled by gender inequality.Girls and young women made up two-thirds of 15- to 19-year-olds infected with HIV in 2017, according to data unveiled at the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam.About 1.2 million 15- to 19-year-olds were living with the immune system-destroying virus in 2017, three in five of them girls, said UNICEF.Robert Matiru, director of operations for Unitaid, which funds HIV drug projects, said young people are disproportionately affected by the epidemic that has claimed some 35 million lives since it erupted in the 1980s.
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