Last week, political leaders, health experts, and government representatives joined advocates from around the globe in Washington, D.C., for the 19th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012). The conference prioritized the role of thousands of educated, smart and resourceful young people to address the social, political and structural changes needed to combat this national health pandemic.
In an effort to truly address the needs of youth, and hold our leaders accountable each year as we continue this fight, young activists announced at the event the creation of National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day. They are proposing that April 10th of each year becomes a day for high schools and university students across the country to organize and educate about HIV and AIDS. The day would engage young people in a conversation around the tools needed to safeguard their sexual and reproductive health.
Though a national campaign, the young advocates hope to pressure President Obama, Congress, and the Center for Disease Prevention to officially recognize this important day.
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Around the world, young people between the ages of 13 and 24 make up 40% of new HIV infections; in the United States alone, one in three new HIV infections will affect our country's youth. Despite...
Around the world, young people between the ages of 13 and 24 make up 40% of new HIV infections; in the United States alone, one in three new HIV infections will affect our country's youth. Despite these harsh realities, young people have a crucial role to play in the fight to end this pandemic once and for all.
We are proposing that on April 10th each year, young activists in high schools and universities across the country will promote HIV testing, fight stigmas, and begin the crucial dialogue around HIV & AIDS prevention. Most importantly, this day would allow young activists to hold our leaders accountable for their ongoing commitment to, and investment in, truly realizing an AIDS-free generation. We're not going to stand on the sidelines as this disease rips our communities apart, robs us of our loved ones, and puts our own futures at risk. We call on President Obama, Congress, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to officially recognize National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day as an important step towards acknowledging and addressing the needs of our nation's youth. Join us by signing the petition calling on our leaders to shine the national spotlight on a courageous battle that young people nationwide are waging against HIV & AIDS.