Lerato, from South Africa, has HIV. In this inspiring video, she takes us through her journey and demonstrates that with access to the right treatment and care young people can still go on to achieve their dreams.
Despite the great progress made, HIV remains the leading cause of death for women aged 15-44 worldwide. In South Africa, young women aged 15-24 are four times more likely to become infected with HIV than males of the same age. Gender inequalities, harmful practices, sexual violence and discrimination against women continue to fuel a disproportionate number of new HIV infections in women and adolescent girls.
South Africa recently launched a national campaign aimed at reducing HIV infections among young women and girls, keeping girls in school, and increasing economic opportunities for young women. These efforts are helping to ensure young women like Lerato can grow up to become healthy, empowered and financially independent women who make well-informed choices about their lives – and go on to help others do the same.