April 10, 2016
NYHAAD serves as a reminder that investing in young people's health and education is a critical step to achieving an AIDS-free generation.
In the U.S., about 26% of all new HIV cases occur in young people aged 13-24 years, and only 50% of youth with HIV know they are infected. Helping youth make healthy choices requires the involvement of families, communities, and schools. We can all help end youth HIV by supporting the unique HIV prevention needs of teens which include:
- A safe and supportive school environment
- Sexual health education that is age-appropriate, medically accurate and skills-based
- Increased access to confidential HIV testing
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National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD)