The 411 on Young People and HIV/AIDS

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  • 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
  • National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day
  • Why AIDS Awareness Matters To You
  • Youth and HIV Stats

What’s Putting Young Folks at Risk?

It’s a range of factors such as poverty, lack of access to health care and testing, gender oppression/violence, substance abuse, high levels of HIV in the community already and homophobia to name a few. But there are other factors such as lack of sex education, survival sex, past sexual abuse, having older sexual partners who control condom use that increase young people’s risk. 


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