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HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS
September 29, 2009 Kim Goldman

 

Young people in the United States are at persistent risk for HIV infection. This risk is especially notable for youth of minority races and ethnicities.

Continual HIV prevention outreach and education efforts, including programs on abstinence and on delaying the initiation of sex, are required as new generations replace the generations that benefited from earlier prevention strategies.

  • In 2004, an estimated 4,883 people ages 13-24 received a diagnosis of HIV infection or AIDS, representing about 13% of the people given a diagnosis that year.
    Centers for Disease Control
  • African-Americans were disproportionately affected by HIV infection, accounting for 55% of all HIV infections reported among young persons ages 13-24.
    Centers for Disease Control
  • In 2004, an estimated 7,761 young people were living with AIDS, a 42% increase since 2000, when 5,457 young people were living with AIDS.
    Centers for Disease Control

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