Empowering Youth Against HIV
National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD), observed April 10, reminds us that we need to invest in young people’s health and education in order to end AIDS.
The CDC reports that in the United States:
Youth aged 13-24 account for more than one in five new HIV diagnoses and are less likely than other age groups to be in treatment and have a suppressed viral load.
Only 10% of sexually experienced high school students have ever been tested for HIV.
Although the number of sexually active high school students decreased from 2005 to 2015, there has also been a decrease in condom use, with more than 40% of teens not using a condom the last time they had sex.
It is essential to use tailored approaches to reach teens at especially high risk—including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) teens.
For more information, see https://www.cdc.gov/features/youth-hiv-aids/index.html, https://www.hiv.gov/events/awareness-days/youth, and http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/nyhaad-home.