National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day takes place every year on April 10 in order to educate the public about HIV and AIDS and its impact on young people. As we’ve discussed before, HIV is the virus that causes HIV infection. It stands for human immunodeficiency virus AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV infection. HIV is spread through contact with the blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, or breast milk of a person with HIV. HIV is spread predominantly by having anal or vaginal sex or sharing injection drug equipment, such as needles, with a person who has HIV. National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day aims to highlight the lengths the youth are doing to respond to the epidemic.
In the United States, 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses were among young people aged 13-24 years. Only 9% of U.S. high school students have ever been tested for HIV. This percentage is very low. Granted, From 2007 to 2017, CDC data show declines in sexual risk behaviors among youth, including fewer currently sexually active high school students. The proportion of high school students who ever had sex decreased from 48% in 2007 to 40% in 2017.
This is nothing to play with! It’s time to educate our youth about ALL of the effects that can come from engaging in sexual activity as well as contact with shared fluids or injection drug equipment. This is the time to continue to help them by spreading awareness. Let’s take part in National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day! To learn more about HIV/AIDS, please follow Black Girl Health on Instagram and our blog. If you would like to be a vendor the Black Girl Health Kickstart Expo, visit our website. Tickets are now on sale for the Black Girl Health Kickstart Health & Wellness Expo, visit here to purchase.