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Update #1 ·

Update on August 16, 2012

Thanks to all of you who've taken action to support a National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day!

Combating the fear and rejection that often accompanies the disease would make a huge difference to young, HIV-positive individuals like Lawrence Stallworth ( After learning of his condition as a 17 years old, Lawrence learned to face discrimination from peers, and even some of his teachers. Now, he works as a youth advocate, educating his peers about the risks of HIV infection. For instance, a young black man in this country has nearly a one in four chance of becoming infected by age 25.

Lawrence's work reflects the current reality of HIV and AIDS – to battle this epidemic on a national scale requires listening to, involving, and prioritizing our young people; it requires a National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day. Keep inviting your friends ( to sign the petition asking President Obama, Congress, and the Center for Disease Prevention to officially recognize this important day!

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