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Young People and HIV/AIDS

With 70 percent of teens diagnosed with HIV/AIDS being African American in 2006, youth are also disproportionately affected by the illness’ spread. In addition, a 2008 CDC report indicated that 48 percent of young African American teens were infected with at least one of the most common STDs (chlamydia, herpes, HPV, trichomosniasis). This is in comparison to 20 percent of young White women. A 1999 study indicates that having certain STDs can increase someone’s chances of getting HIV.

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