National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: A Call to Action
April 10, 2017
National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) serves as a reminder that investing in young people's health and education is a critical step to achieving an AIDS-free generation. This annual observance was created in 2013 by Advocates for Youth and other partners to educate the public about the impact of HIV/AIDS on youth.
In the Dallas County, more than 25 percent of new HIV diagnoses were in young people aged 13-24 years in 2015. Despite the disproportionate number of new HIV infections occurring among youth, the percentage tested for HIV is low compared to other age groups. Only 10% of sexually experienced U.S. high school students have ever been tested for HIV.
April 10, Director Zachary Thompson accepted an invitation from Sharla Wooten, owner of Center Of Attraction Hair Gallery, to participate on the National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day event at Redbird Skateland.
The ongoing support to address disporportionate health disparities continue throughout Dallas County municipalites as DCHHS continues to promote and support organizations that help protect Dallas County Residents.
What Can You Do?
CDC recognizes the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on youth and the importance of HIV prevention. On NYHAAD, CDC joins with partners across the country to work to ensure young people know how to protect themselves against HIV. NYHAAD encourages everyone to:
- Get educated. Learn the basic facts about HIV transmission, testing, and prevention.
- Get tested for HIV. CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 years get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. Contact your health care provider about testing.
To have the most positive impact on adolescent health, parents, schools, and community- and school-based organizations and health centers must work together to help provide safe and nurturing environments for youth.