World AIDS Day
Many people become infected with HIV as a teen or young adult. About 60% of all youth with HIV do not know they are infected, are not getting treated, and can unknowingly pass the virus on to others.
HIV causes a serious infection that, without treatment, leads to AIDS and early death. For most youth, the risk of contracting HIV begins when they start having sex or injecting drugs. All youth should know how HIV is transmitted and prevented, understand what puts them at risk for HIV, and be tested if they are at risk.
You can help make a difference:
- Join communities across the nation and plan an event to recognize World AIDS Day.
- Show support with red ribbons for the millions of people living with HIV and commemorate those we have lost.
- Support HIV testing efforts in your community.
- Combat the stigma and discrimination that keep young people, especially LGBTQ youth, from prevention and treatment services.
Get Started - Check Out:
- World AIDS Day Tools and Resources, AIDS.gov
- Vital Signs: HIV Among Youth in the US, CDC
- HIV Testing Sites and Care Locator, AIDS.gov
- HIV Risk Reduction Tool, CDC