National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day
April 10, 2020, is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day, a day to recognize the significant impact HIV has on the youth and the need for more education and prevention. According to the CDC, in 2017, youth age 13-24 made up about 21% of all the new HIV diagnoses in the US. Also, in 2017 the CDC states that 87% of youth diagnosed with HIV were young men and 13% were young women. Adolescents must become aware of the risk factors of HIV and take steps to protect themselves, such as wearing a condom during sex. Additional factors that increase the risks for adolescents getting HIV include: having STDs, having older sexual partners, using alcohol or drugs and exchanging sex for money, drugs or shelter. If you want more information about HIV and HIV prevention learn more now.