World AIDS Day
HIV causes a serious infection that, without treatment, can lead to AIDS and early death. For most youth, the risk of contracting HIV begins when they start having sex or injecting drugs. In 2016, youth aged 13 to 24 made up 21% of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, CDC also reports that only 41% of youth living with HIV received related medical care in 2014, and only 27% had a suppressed viral load.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, which advocates the theme of “Saving Lives through Leadership and Partnerships” in the United States. Together, we can educate youth about HIV, help them understand what puts them at risk, and encourage testing if they are at risk.
- Join communities across the nation and plan an event to recognize World AIDS Day by accessing World AIDS Day tools and resources from AIDS.gov. Find out how to make the day a success with this educational video.
- According to a 2017 Kaiser Family Foundation survey; more than half of young people believe that HIV can be transmitted by spitting or kissing. Correct these misconceptions and stigmas among teens with evidence-based information and myth-busters.
- Help teens understand their risk and how to reduce it by experimenting with the CDC's interactive HIV Risk Reduction Tool.
- Encourage teens who are high risk for HIV, including young gay and bisexual men, to get tested using the HIV Testing Site Locator.
- Show support by wearing red ribbons for the millions of people living with HIV and commemorate those we have lost.