The latest report by the organization outlines the tendency of teens to look for casual sex via dating apps, causing a jump in HIV cases among 10-19 year-olds in the Asia-Pacific region.
Young gay men themselves have consistently told us that they are now using mobile dating apps to meet up for sex, and are having more casual sex with more people as a result. We know that this kind of risky behavior increases the spread of HIV,” Wing-Sie Cheng, HIV/Aids adviser for UNICEF in east Asia and the Pacific, has told the Guardian.
“We are therefore convinced that there is a link, and that we need to work better with mobile app providers to share information about HIV and protect the health of adolescents,” she added.
Over 50 percent of the planet’s 1.2 billion adolescents live in the region, according to the UN report.
All in all, globally HIV infections are dropping, but the official number of teens living with HIV in the Asia-Pacific has jumped to 220,000, according to UNICEF.