First Annual National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Gets Young People Involved
Nearly 40 percent of
all new HIV infections in the U.S. are among people aged 13–29.
To draw attention to the disproportionate impact of HIV on America’s
youth, April 10 has been designated National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness
Day. The day will also serve to highlight the work young people are
doing across the country to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
“[HIV/AIDS] may not carry the same sense of urgency that it did
in the 80s, but it is still very real,” says Quinn Tivey,
co-chair of the Los Angeles branch of generationCURE, a committee of
young people dedicated to helping amfAR accelerate its search for a
cure for HIV/AIDS. “And while there has been groundbreaking
research done towards finding a cure, we still have work to do.”
Tivey is also the
grandson of the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor, one of the most
inspirational figures in the fight against AIDS and amfAR’s
founding international chairman.
Quinn Tivey at amfAR’s 2012 Inspiration Gala in Los Angeles
“I think it’s
important to continue and expand upon the work of those who went
before us. Our generation did not start the fight, did not institute
the level of awareness, support, and research that exists today, but
it is our responsibility to continue it,” Tivey says.
“Awareness is crucial for support, research, and also for
making smart choices, such as having safe sex.”
To help meet the
goal of an AIDS-free generation, young people need to get educated,
get tested, and get involved. And around the country, they are doing
just that. “Right now, I’m working with an amazing group
of passionate young people from different perspectives and
backgrounds to bring the efforts of amfAR’s
generationCURE—which started with Ryan Greenawalt, Dan Dias, and John Cafarelli in New York—to
Los Angeles,” says Tivey. “We’re trying to
fundraise and galvanize, educate, inform, and gain support from
people that already have an awareness of HIV/AIDS and amfAR, but
also, and perhaps most importantly, to reach people in the younger
generation that do not yet have that awareness.”
How can you get
Educate your peers:
Distribute information about HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. For
activist resources and facts to share, click here.
Get tested: Go to
the official National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day website
to find a testing center near you.
Spread the news:
“Like” National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day’s
follow @YouthAIDSDay on Twitter, and share their posts and photos
with your friends.
For more information
on HIV/AIDS and youth, and getting tested, click here.