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Young People at Greatest Risk for HIV

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.

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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 involved?  

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 Facebook page, 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.