Resources for National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day
April 10 is the annual observance of National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD), which recognizes the impact of HIV/AIDS on young people.
Data on HIV prevalence among young people show that approximately 20% or 1 in 5 new diagnoses occur among 13-24 year olds, and these rates tend to be higher among young men who have sex with men (MSH) and transgender women, as noted by Dr. Kathleen Ethier, director of the CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health, in her April 4 blog post. In addition, only 9% of high school students in the United States have been tested for HIV, and almost half of young people aged 13 to 24 who are HIV-positive do not know they have the virus.
Below are resources for developing messages to help young people stay healthy by encouraging HIV prevention, testing and care.
Advocates for Youth and its partners coordinate events and activities for NYHAAD’s annual celebration and highlight the work young people are doing to help end the HIV epidemic. Download their social media toolkit and follow the conversation with #NYHAAD.
The NYHAAD page on HIV.gov includes the locator of HIV testing and care services sites and resources from federal agencies that focus on HIV. It also features the NYHAAD logo, fact sheets and tips on using social media.
The HIV Basics section features images, quick facts, and information about HIV prevention, care, and treatment from our federal partner agencies.
The CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) NYHAAD 2022 toolkit includes sample social media posts, fact sheets, a web button, and other resources. DASH connects public health and education to support schools with advice and resources for the prevention of HIV, sexually transmitted infections and teen pregnancy.
The Ryan White and National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day blog from TargetHIV provides data on HIV-positive young people, best practices in HIV care, and links to content from youth-focused sessions and posters at Ryan conferences White.
The TargetHIV website offers technical assistance and training resources for the Health Resources Services Administration’s (HRSA) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which funds local and state agencies to provide HIV care to uninsured or underinsured.
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