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Ryan White and National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day

Ryan White and National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day

April 2, 2014

About one-fourth of new HIV cases in the U.S. are among young people (ages 13-24), according to CDC. Cases are overwhelmingly among gay/bisexual men, particularly African Americans. Distressingly, over 60% of youth who are HIV infected do not know it and, by default, are not in care.

The role of thisHIV/AIDS Awareness Days, therefore, has heightened importance to not just raise sensitivity to HIV/AIDS but to encourage young people to adopt safer practices, get tested, and--if infected--engage in care.

Youth Served by Ryan White

The theme of youth HIV/AIDS awareness day (April 10, 2014) is Engaging Youth Voices in the HIV & AIDS Response. Below are data on how young people are served by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, named after Ryan, a young man who fought AIDS discrimination in the early years of the epidemic.

According to HRSA's State Profiles:

  • 14% of Ryan White clients are under age 29
  • 32 percent are under age 39

Tailoring HIV/AIDS Services for Youth

This site's topic page on Adolescents and Youth presents a collection of clinical practices, protocols, and tools to help programs more effectively serve young people. Below are highlights:

Part of Collection

HIV/AIDS Awareness Days and Ryan White

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