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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 29, 2012

Contact: Chris Viveiros
617.927.6342 / 617.721.7494
cviveiros@fenwayhealth.org 

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:

  • Fenway’s Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center specializes in caring 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.  Ralph Vetter, MD, Medical Director of the Borum, and other staff are available for interview.

  • The Fenway Institute is a part of the Adolescent Trials Network (ATN) whose mission is to conduct HIV/AIDS intervention research, both independently and in collaboration with existing research networks. Kenneth Mayer, MD, Fenway’s Medical Research Director and Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute, and other ATN study staff are available for interview.  Three of Fenway’s ATN projects are of particular interest:
    • Project PrEPare: An open label demonstration project and Phase II safety study of pre-exposure prophylaxis use among 18 – 24 year-old men who have sex with men in the United States. All participants will receive daily Truvada with a behavioral intervention called Many Men Many Voices.  This study is expected to start enrolling in December, 2012. 
    • SMILE Linkage-to-Care Program: HIV-related Linkage to Care and Engagement in Care. The goal of SMILE is to ensure that all HIV-positive youth, ages 12 – 24, are linked to HIV medical care.
    • Connect to Protect (C2P): Building a Community-Based Infrastructure for HIV Prevention.  The national mission of C2P is to reduce HIV/AIDS rates among adolescents and young adults through collaborative efforts of communities and health researchers. The mission of C2P Boston is to identify, develop, and catalyze prevention strategies that will reduce HIV infection rates among young men who have sex with men and transgender-identified young people. Our goal is to ultimately reduce HIV incidence and prevalence among youth and young adults in Boston, ages 12 – 24, through community mobilization and structural change.

To learn more or schedule an interview, contact Chris Viveiros at (d) 617.927.6342 / (c) 617.721.7494 or cviveiros@fenwayhealth.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.

 

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