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Today is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD)

nyhaadcolorlogoToday is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD). This observance brings together young leaders, national community partners and many other organizations and individual nation-wide to foster a better response to the HIV epidemic. The national lead for NYHAAD is Advocates for Youth Exit Disclaimer

A simple way for all of us to help observe NYHAAD is to talk up HIV awareness in person or on social media. Today we encourage you to:

  • Show someone how to locate nearby HIV testing. This video Exit Disclaimer  can help you explain how to use the HIV Testing Sites & Care Services Locator. Or find and visit a HIV testing site yourself. (Enter your zip code here).

Youth nation-wide are leading HIV awareness activities on and around NYHAAD. Edric Figueroa, Seattle’s NYHAAD Youth Ambassador, said “I’m working with youth leaders across HIV/AIDS organizations here and engaging politicians in a dialogue necessary for an AIDS-free generation. As a young, queer Latino raised in the Deep South and working on HIV with other youth, I’ve learned that efforts like NYHAAD help us also address HIV in the context of poverty, racism, and stigma.”

Today, with the commemoration of NYHAAD, we at AIDS.gov are reminded of our shared hope for, and action towards, a time again without new incidence of HIV – no new cases in youth or adults.

What are your plans for NYHAAD? Please tell us below how you are observing NYHAAD 2014.

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