National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day
Posted 4/10/2013 3:43:00 PM

Last year at the AIDS 2012, the international AIDS conference, youth advocates proposed the creation of a National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day in order to raise awareness of the impact the HIV epidemic has on the younger generations here in the United States. Today, April 10, 2013 is the first National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day, and the view we get when looking at the epidemic through the lens of America’s youth is disturbing:

-25% of new HIV cases are folks under 24. Half of them don't know they are infected. 40% of new cases are under the age of 30.

-The CDC estimates that if trends continue as they are—not better, not worse—of all 18 year old gay, bi, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the U.S. today, 60% of them will be HIV-positive within 22 years. In other words three out of five men who have sex with men who are 18 years old today will be HIV-positive by the time they are 40.

-Black gay, bi, and other MSM under the age of 24 make up just about half of new HIV cases for their age range within the gay, bi, and MSM community (a hugely disproportionate amount). The primary reason for this is a lack of access to medical care.

If you would like to get involved, there are NYHAAD events being held all over the country.

(a special thank you to Matthew Fellis) 

Posted By: Positive Frontiers  

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