The 411 on Young People and HIV/AIDS

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  • National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day
  • Why AIDS Awareness Matters To You
  • Youth and HIV Stats
  • Black Gay and Bisexual Men
  • Black Women and HIV
  • What’s Putting Young Folks at Risk?
  • The Importance of Getting Tested
  • The Importance of Condom Negotiation
  • Heterosexual Men Need to Join In, Too
  • Knowledge is Power

Youth and HIV Stats

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), young people aged 13–29 accounted for 39 percent of all new HIV infections in 2009. Meanwhile they account for a mere 21 percent of the population. Sadly, the majority of these infections — 65 percent — occur among African-Americans. 


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