Young men between ages 25 and 29 are most likely to transmit HIV in sub-Saharan African, a new study has confirmed.
This was made known by the Communication Director, International AIDS Society(IAS), Mandy Sugrue in a statement made available to newsmen yesterday in Ibadan.
According to the statement, the report of the study–‘Population Effects of Antiretroviral Therapy to Reduce HIV Transmission (PopART)’-was presented at the ongoing 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science in Mexico.
The research study examined the impact of a package of HIV prevention interventions on community-level HIV incidence.
Naija News understands that the research started in Zambia and South Africa in 2014.
The statement said a transmission also peaked in 20 to 24-year-old women were also discovered after analyzing the genetic profile of viruses acquired by participants in the study.
According to the statement, the findings showed that if prevention is successful in these age groups, it would drastically reduce HIV infection by 20 percent and 19 percent in young men and women respectively.
The IAS, which was founded in 1988, leads collective action on every front of the global HIV response through its membership base, scientific authority and convening power.
It is the world’s largest association of HIV professionals with members in more than 170 countries.