National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day is a day to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people as well as highlight the amazing work young people are doing across the country to fight the HIV & AIDS epidemic.
Today's young people are the first generation who have never known a world without HIV and AIDS. In the United States, one in four new HIV infections is among youth ages 13 to 24. Every month 1,000 young people are infected with HIV and over 76,400 young people are currently living with HIV across the country.
In Florida, 16% of all new HIV infections reported in 2014 were among persons under the age of 25. A total of 3,768 persons aged 13-24 were living with HIV disease through 2013, as of 06/30/2014. More than 300 (8%) of this total live in Duval County.
While there has been much talk about an AIDS-Free Generation, we know that is not possible without our nation's youth. Young people and their allies are determined to end this epidemic once and for all and this day is a way to acknowledge the great work young people are already engaging in to do so.
JASMYN has been providing comprehensive HIV prevention services for LGBT youth since 1998. We offer free, youth-friendly, HIV testing services, and provide wrap-around case management to help HIV+ youth get linked to medical care and other services. Our youth leaders speak out often about the impact of HIV on their lives and their community. We are working to help our LGBT youth get to an AIDS-free generation.