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One in Four Is Too Many

Evelyn Kappeler

One in four new HIV infections in the United States occurs among young people ages 13-24. One in four! I don’t know about you, but this recently reported CDC finding gave me pause. That same report illuminated some other startling facts: About 1,000 youth per month were infected with HIV in 2010 Most new HIV…

Putting Children Front and Center in the Response to HIV/AIDS

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This week at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, world leaders are coming together to move the world’s health and development agenda forward. Among the key agenda items is securing a better future for children — which is also a central focus of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Meeting the…

New National Resource Center to Prevent HIV/AIDS among Adolescents

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The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), with funding from the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund, is pleased to announce a new resource center solely focused on the prevention of HIV/AIDS among adolescents.  Launched on June 25, 2012, the center provides a central, online location for youth-serving professionals to access training, technical assistance, information exchange, and…

Encouraging Health Care Providers to Reach Youth for STD Awareness Month

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April is STD Awareness Month, an annual observance to raise awareness about the impact of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and the important role health care providers can play in supporting the sexual health of their patients. STDs can affect people from all walks of life, but adolescents and young people are disproportionately impacted. Estimates suggest…

Youth Programme Aims to Strengthen the Participation of Young People at AIDS 2012

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If previous International AIDS Conferences are any indication, young people will comprise one of the most actively engaged delegations at AIDS 2012. This is welcomed news, as the leadership and involvement of young people is critical to the goal of achieving an AIDS-free generation. HIV significantly affects young people. In the U.S., young people aged…

New York AIDS Institute Facebook Town Hall

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NYSDOH Facebook Town Hall

World AIDS Day 2011 in New York was marked by another event using social media against HIV and STDs. The New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute conducted a one-hour Facebook/Live Town Hall in which young people were invited to ask and post questions about HIV, STDs, sexual health, and substance use. Answers came…

Start Your HIV Prevention Planning for Adolescent Health with the New School Year

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Don’t wait till spring! The beginning of a new school year presents a great opportunity to start thinking about integrating HIV prevention programming into young people’s lives. While youth as a whole are not overrepresented among HIV positive communities, adolescents are particularly vulnerable to disease transmission due to their risk-taking stage of life. Currently, each…

Reaching Youth Online through HIV-Positive Youth Peer Educators

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The East Bay AIDS Center (EBAC) in Oakland, California serves approximately 1,500 East Bay residents living with HIV or AIDS. The Downtown Youth Clinic (DYC), part of EBAC, offers free and confidential services to HIV-positive youth between the ages of 13 and 24. We talked with Daniel to learn more about their HIV-positive youth HYPE…