Charlize Theron addresses UN panel on Aids

(REUTERS) - South African-born film star Charlize Theron issued a call to action for HIV and Aids prevention and used startling statistics about the infection rates among young women and girls.

Speaking to a United Nations panel called Ending The Aids epidemic By 2030 on Sunday (Sept 27), Theron detailed stories from young women and girls she had met. The actress said the cases she described explained why "Aids is the number one cause of death for adolescents in Africa and number two cause of death for 10 to 19-year-olds globally."

She called for increased funding for HIV and Aids programmes, adding that the time to "act boldly" is now. The panel was hosted by Kenya and Malawi.