SDG target: End the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and neglected tropical diseases.
Between ages 10 and 24, females are significantly more likely than males to contract HIV. (Over age 24, by the way, it’s often just the opposite.) Young women are vulnerable for a variety of reasons. For example, a lack of power in relationships leads adolescent girls to engage in risky sex, and social stigma leads them not to seek (or not to receive) adequate reproductive health care. This gap is especially worrying because of the youth bulge: The population of girls reaching the age at which they are most vulnerable keeps growing.
Below is the global progress on this indicator since 1990. Explore progress for specific countries using the drop-down menu below the chart.