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Aids the biggest killer of teens and young adults

Source: Daily Nation

Wednesday May 11 2016

By EUNICE KILONZO

In Summary

  • A total of 2,531 youths aged between 15 and 19 years — most in secondary school— died in 2013.

  • According to estimates by the National Aids Control Council, 435,225 adolescents aged between 10 and 19 are HIV positive.

  • Another 119,899 have the virus but have not been identified.

  • Another cause of premature death among adolescents is diarrhoea especially among those between 10 and 14 years.

  • The study lists other causes of deaths as interpersonal violence, suicide, depression, road accidents, TB and malaria.

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