National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, April 10
BCPS observes April 10th, as National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD to recognize the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on young people. According to the Center for Disease Control, in the U.S., an estimated 22% of people diagnosed with HIV in 2014 were aged 13-24 years. Despite the disproportionate number of new HIV infections occurring among youth, the percentage tested for HIV is low compared to other age groups. Only 1 in 5 sexually experienced U.S. high school students has ever been tested for HIV.
Our schools can play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people by teaching the dangers of unhealthy behaviors and the skills of a healthy lifestyle. To find out how you can help, go to the Center for Disease Control’s webpage or to Advocates for Youth, the lead for planning the observance day. Go to the NYHAAD site to access an observance toolkit, ideas, graphics and other resources to help engage youth.