Secretive world of sexual activity "The age of first sexual experience is dropping," says Perera.
The increased availability of mobile apps has fuelled the rise [in] infections." Rising fatalities among the young Official figures suggest that there are now around 220,000 adolescents living with HIV in the region.
But a lack of data means that the true figure is likely to be much higher.
In fact, the United Nations estimates that there were 50,000 new infections among 10- to 19-year-olds in 2014 alone.
A late diagnosis of HIV with a resulting delay in starting often-inadequate treatment, as well as a lack of diagnosis and treatment altogether, have fuelled rising fatalities.
Young people are less likely to seek treatment, often fearing that they may expose their sexuality or sexual activity by doing so.
And the report found that adolescents were more likely to avoid treatment even after a positive diagnosis."Sex education in schools is sorely lacking in the Asia-Pacific region," Perera explained. Too many schools do not teach sex education as part of the curriculum." In several countries in Asia-Pacific, people under the age of 18 are considered too young to give consent to access HIV testing and other essential health services.Social networking technologies and mobile apps that allow young people to meet to engage in risky sexual practices are being cited as a key reason for an increase in HIV infections in the Asia-Pacific region, with Bangkok, Jakarta and Hanoi hubs of new infections."Everybody has a smartphone, everybody has access to the internet.People are setting up fake Facebook profiles where groups are formed purely to arrange for sex.The internet now provides for unlimited sexual opportunities," Niluka Perera, a coordinator at Bangkok-based Youth Voices Count, told Al Jazeera.Wing Sie Cheng, a regional HIV and AIDS expert with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), explained: "This really is the new frontier.