April 10th is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD). NYHAAD is the first annual observance day set aside to recognize the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on young people.
National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) serves as a reminder that investing in young people's health and education is a critical step to achieving an AIDS-free generation.
In the US, more than 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses were in young people 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 10% of sexually experienced U.S. high school students have ever been tested for HIV.
From 2005 to 2015, CDC data show declines in sexual risk behaviors among teens, including fewer currently sexually active high school students. Still, the prevalence of some behaviors remains high and put young people at risk. For instance, condom use has decreased among teens, with more than 40% of sexually active high school students not using a condom the last time they had sex.