National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day, observed on April 10, is an annual observance to recognize the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on young people. National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day was created by Advocates for Youth and other partners to educate the public about the impact of HIV/AIDS on youth. The day also highlights the exceptional work young people are doing across the country to strengthen the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The day serves as a reminder that investing in young people's health and education is a critical step to achieving an AIDS-free generation.
HIV/AIDS is a potential issue for people of any age, including youth. In the United States, an estimated 22% of people diagnosed with HIV in 2014 were aged 13-24 years. Despite the disproportionate number of new HIV infections occurring among youth, the percentage tested for HIV is low compared to other age groups. Only one in five sexually experienced U.S. high school students has ever been tested for HIV.
National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day Sponsor: Advocates for Youth
To learn more, visit http://youthaidsday.org