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 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lawrence-stallworth/youth-hiv-aids_b_1697723.html). 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 (http://www.causes.com/causes/621655-health-and-wellness/actions/1670926?open_inviter=true&utm_source=HealthAIDSWeeklyEma&utm_medium=UpdateEmail&utm_campaign=Health&utm_nooverride=1) to sign the petition asking President Obama, Congress, and the Center for Disease Prevention to officially recognize this important day!