The report was published by the Asia-pacific Inter-Agency Task Team on Young Key Populations, which involves organisations such as UNICEF and UNAIDS. Daniel Toole, regional director for UNICEF East Asia and Pacific, commented: “Adolescence is a time of transition and risk-taking, as children navigate the difficult journey to adulthood. UNICEF is working with governments throughout the Asia-Pacific region to ensure they meet their obligations to protect adolescents’ health, including by providing access to adolescent-sensitive HIV testing and treatment services.”
Gay men and injecting drug-users are among the groups at highest risk. The report states that governments need to develop better data on adolescents, better strategies for prevention, and laws and policies specific to adolescents. Ten countries in the region, according to the report, bear the heaviest burden: Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Travellers heading to these countries are advised to bear the risks in mind.