According to a 2018 report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, young people between the ages of 13 and 24 made up 21 percent of the 37,832 new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. and dependent areas. In addition, young people living with HIV are the least likely of any age group to be receiving proper treatment and have a suppressed viral load.
Because of alarming facts like these, a special day was created to help educate the world about the impact HIV has on young people. Observed annually on April 10, National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) is a campaign primarily directed by the group, Advocates for Youth and its partners.
“We’re still showing up, and we hope you will too!” stated a press release for the campaign. “Join us over on Instagram (@AdvocatesForYouth) as we highlight youth activists, partners, and advocacy opportunities.”
Check out the posters below for some current statistics and information about young people and HIV. For more information on NYAAD and how you can be a part, visit AdvocatesForYouth.org/NYHAAD.