In all parts of the world, many adolescents’ first experiences of sexual intercourse are coerced or violent. Violent or coercive sex makes adolescents more vulnerable to HIV. Interventions to address the triple jeopardy of young age, sexual violence, and HIV/AIDS must include comprehensive sexuality education and accessible sexual and reproductive health services for all adolescents, including the very young.

This fact sheet, published in 2008, provides an overview of the problem globally, and suggests policy programs and responses to address this crisis.