FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Chris Viveiros
FENWAY EXPERTS AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS ABOUT HIV EPIDEMIC AMONG AMERICAN YOUTH THIS WORLD AIDS DAY
November 27 CDC report shows young people age 13 to 24 represent 26 percent of new HIV infections each year and 60 percent of youth living with HIV don’t know they are infected
According to the United State Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), young people between the ages of 13 and 24 represent more than a quarter of new HIV infections each year (26 percent) and most of these youth living with HIV (60 percent) are unaware they are infected. The most-affected young people are young gay and bisexual men and African-Americans.
This information was released in a Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on November 27. The analysis looks at the latest data on HIV infections, testing, and risk behaviors among young people and was published in advance of World AIDS Day, December 1.
Fenway Health has created an infographic about HIV infection in young people that is available for download as a high resolution PDF suitable for publication at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/114626066/World-AIDS-Day-2012-HIV-AIDS-Youth-Infographic
Fenway Health has several programs working to address HIV infection in young people and our staff is available for expert commentary:
To learn more or schedule an interview, contact Chris Viveiros at (d) 617.927.6342 / (c) 617.721.7494 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more than forty years, Fenway Health has been working to make life healthier for the people in our neighborhood, the LGBT community, people living with HIV/AIDS and the broader population. The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health is an interdisciplinary center for research, training, education and policy development focusing on national and international health issues. Fenway’s Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center cares for youth and young adults ages 12 to 29 who may not feel comfortable going anywhere else, including those who are LGBT or just figuring things out; homeless or living on the streets; struggling with substance use or abuse; sex workers; or living with HIV/AIDS.