National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2014
Born after the epidemic began in the early 1980s, today’s young people never knew life before HIV/AIDS—yet an estimated 60% people age 13 to 24 living with HIV in the United States are unaware of their status, according to national data.
National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day aims to change that. Launched in 2013, this nationwide observance day, held April 10, is designed to give young people the tools and information they need to get tested and protect themselves or their partners from HIV.
Looking for a place to get tested? Want learn what young people are doing to mark National Youth HIV/AIDS Day—and find out how you can get involved? Visit AmplifyYourVoice.org, a project of non-profit Advocates for Youth, to learn more and find NYHAAD events, HIV testing sites, blogs, and more.
Also, check out these resources for promoting HIV status awareness and health among young people, on this observance day and every day.
Resources for Your Health
Advocates for Youth: Find information and resources on sexuality, sex ed, youth and sexual health, and much more, designed for young people, parents and other caregivers, teachers, and other professionals who work with youth.
Amplify Your Voice: With videos, activism toolkits, blogs, and more, this site offers resources to help young people advocate for and make informed decisions about their own reproductive and sexual health.
Planned Parenthood: Learn about HIV and STD prevention, sexual health, and/or birth control, or enter your zip code to find a local clinic for sexual/reproductive health care.
Sex, Etc.: Personal stories, FAQs, forums, STD testing site finders, and other sexual health resources for teens. Check out the interactive communication tool to prepare for conversations about sex and sexual health with partners, friends, parents, and doctors.
It’s Your Sex Life: From MTV and the Kaiser Family Foundation, comprehensive information and resources to help young people make educated choices about their sexual health, including preventing, testing for, treating, and talking about STDs.
HIV/STD Test Finder: Enter your zip code to find an STD testing location near you.
CDC National STD Hotline: This toll-free, 24-hour hotline can help answer your questions about sexually transmitted diseases. Call 1-800-232-4636 to speak in English and Spanish or 1-888-232-6348 for TTY.
SIECUS: Get updates on sex ed policy and research from the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States.