Critical conversations about HIV and AIDs have been popping up more frequently in recent years with the help of people like author Camryn Garrett and 2 Chainz and organizations like Planned Parenthood. Unfortunately, stigma is still largely prevalent in many communities, and a lack of conversation, knowledge about sexual health, and resources continue to prevent many young people from getting the care they need. The observance seeks to shed light on young people who are most at risk and talk about resources that are available for prevention and treatment. Organizations like amfAR , as well as CDC guidelines, recommend that young people get tested for the disease as often as possible. However, oftentimes stigma and a lack of information prevent young people from talking about it, let alone getting tested.
HIV and men who have sex with men
Increased risk for HIV among gay, bisexual adolescent males
Still, young gay and bisexual males are at much higher risk for HIV because their sex partners are more likely to be infected with HIV. The analysis is the first nationally representative look at HIV-related risk behaviors among heterosexual, gay, and bisexual male high school students. Roughly the same proportion of gay and bisexual male students and heterosexual male students reported that they:. Despite similar levels of these behaviors, young gay and bisexual males remain at substantially higher risk for HIV infection than heterosexual males, largely because of substantially higher HIV prevalence among their male sexual partners. HIV diagnosis rates are 57 times higher among men who have sex with men MSM than among heterosexual men. The higher level of HIV in a sexual network dramatically increases the risk of HIV exposure with every sexual encounter. While other data indicate that most HIV infections among MSM are sexually acquired, this analysis also found disproportionately high levels of injection drug use, as well as high rates of other types of drug use, among gay and bisexual male students.
Youth HIV Statistics & Facts
HIV continues to be a major public health crisis both in the United States and around the world. While major scientific advances have made it easier than ever to prevent and treat HIV, there remains no vaccine or cure, and tens of thousands of people continue to contract HIV every year. Insufficient funding for public health programs, ideological opposition to common sense prevention policies, and societal barriers like stigma and discrimination, have made it especially difficult for us to turn the tide against the epidemic.
Young people ages in the United States U. Despite HIV always being a part of their lives, youth today may not be aware of the most up-to-date facts on how HIV affects them and their peers. When preparing presentations on the impact HIV is having on youth, consider including some of the following facts. Despite ongoing prevention efforts since HIV was identified in , it remains an issue for adolescents.