Family planning and HIV for young people - facts and figures

We believe that linking family planning and HIV services is critical if we are to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of young people globally. Check out these facts and figures.

  1. Globally, 1.2 billion people are between 10-19 years, which is the largest youth population in history. Of these, 88% live in developing countries. 
  2. Teenage girls (ages 15-19) account for 11% of all births globally. Many of these births are unintended and can be attributed to low contraceptive use.
  3. Young people (15-24 years) account for 40% of new HIV infections. Young people living with HIV also have family planning needs, especially as they enter their reproductive years.
  4. Young people most affected by HIV - including those living with HIV, young sex workers, young men who have sex with men, young transgender people and young people who use drugs - often find it difficult to access or utilise family planning or other sexual and reproductive health services because they are stigmatised, discriminated against and criminalised. 
  5. Low contraceptive use and increased HIV transmission have been attributed to lack of knowledge, high costs, stigma, and limited supplies and access to services.

For more information:
Read about the Link Up project - an ambitious, five country programme which aims to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of more than one million young people living with and affected by HIV in Bangladesh, Burundi, Ethiopia, Myanmar and Uganda. The project is being implemented by a consortium of partners led by the Alliance.

Download our Good Practice Guide on integrating sexual and reproductive health and HIV or this Policy Briefing which includes recommendations for civil society organisations, national governments and international donors and policymakers on how they can do their part in meeting the sexual health needs of young people.