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Be in the Know: HIV & Youth

​Post submitted by Noël Gordon, former HRC Senior Program Specialist for HIV Prevention and Health Equity.

Did you know 1 in 4 new HIV infections occurs in youth ages 13 to 24? According to the Centers for Disease Control:

Too many young people in the United States are at risk for HIV infection. This risk is especially notable for young gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM), especially young African American or Latino MSM, and all youth of minority races and ethnicities. In 2009, young persons [13 to 29] accounted for 39% of all new HIV infections in the US [despite making up 21% of the US population in 2010].

Research has [also] shown that a large proportion of young people are not concerned about becoming infected with HIV. This lack of awareness can translate into not taking measures that could protect their health.

MSM aged 13 to 24 need accurate, age-appropriate information about HIV and AIDS, how to reduce or eliminate risk factors, how to talk with a potential partner about risk factors and how to negotiate safer sex, where to get tested for HIV and how to use a condom correctly.


This Friday, September 27, is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. All week, HRC is highlighting important facts about HIV/AIDS with daily social graphics to help promote awareness as part of its #BeintheKnow campaign. Stay tuned to the HRC blog for more graphics and guest blog posts from organizations that have long been leaders in the fight against HIV/AIDS and the stigma that can accompany it.

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