HIV in Africa: Young women and children bear burden

Africa is facing a new health crisis as HIV-positive children enter adolescence and become sexually active, raising fears that without proper education, the epidemic could spread even further.

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    The United Nations Aids agency is urging African countries to protect young women and children.

    It says they are bearing the brunt of the continent's Aids epidemic.

    More than half a million children up to the age of 15 in West and Central Africa are believed to be infected with the virus.

    The call was made at a conference on HIV and Aids, which is under way in the Ivory Coast.

    Al Jazeera's Ahmed Idris reports from Lagos.


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