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Youth Blog > Get Your Voice Heard on What You Need to Fight HIV!

Posted on April 8th, 2013 by Dan in Featured, Youth Blog. No Comments

Ever been frustrated about not having your opinions heard?  Was that a YES?!  Well now is the time to do something about it.

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  • In the U.S., 1 in 4 new HIV infections occur in youths aged 13-24. [1]
  • Men who have sex with men are most at risk of being infected with HIV. [2]
  • There was a 22% increase in new HIV infections among gay youth from 2008 to 2010. [2]

Yes, I’m sure you have heard similar facts like these before. But, how are we as a country supposed to overcome this? E ven more, what roles can you play in trying to solve this problem?  Well, the National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) campaign is attempting to address both these issues.

The first NYHAAD will be on April 10th, 2013. Please help in making this a nationally recognized day each year by signing THIS PETITION.  By doing so, you will be calling on President Obama, Congress, and other organizations to officially recognize April 10th as National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day.  This is an important step in acknowledging the needs of youth when it comes to HIV prevention and treatment.  In order to one day realize an AIDS-free generation, we must start acknowledging the importance of youth in this battle. Youth can TAKE A STAND against the virus that is devastating our communities.  The more support this petition has, the louder our voices get in the fight against HIV.  Act now and have YOUR voice heard.

Want to do more? Download this file and write what YOU think young people need in order to achieve an AIDS-free generation!  Then take a picture of yourself holding the sign and tweet it to @YouthAIDSDay or post it to Facebook and tag NYHAAD.

Members of the IMPACT team celebrate National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day.




[1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2012). HIV Among Youth in the US. Retrieved from

[2] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2013). HIV Among Gay and Bisexual Men. Retrieved from

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