Greater Than AIDS #NYHAAD18
April 10th marks National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (#NYHAAD). Here at Power to Decide, we believe that all men, women, and young people deserve the power to pursue the futures they envision for themselves. Having the power to live your best life means not only having access to the most effective contraceptive method that works best for you—but also access to comprehensive knowledge about how to protect yourself both physically and mentally. National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day was specifically created to educate the public about the impact of HIV/AIDS on young people and to highlight the important work going on across the country in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Devin Shares His Personal Story
The CDC reports that in the United States alone, 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses are in young people aged 13-24 years. Despite the number of new HIV infections among youth, only 10% of U.S. high school students have ever been tested for HIV. The stigma surrounding STIs and STDs persists, but knowing your status is the key to caring for yourself and living your best life.
Daniel Shares His Personal Story
This National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day, we asked two advocates to share their personal stories with us. Both Devin and Daniel are fearless champions for HIV/AIDS awareness and they both agree that talking is power! Awareness days like #NYHAAD are the perfect opportunity for champions, mentors, parents, and other trusted adults to talk with the young people in their lives about sex, love, relationships, and the importance of getting screened for STIs and STDs.
Daniel Reminds Us Why #TalkingIsPower
Today and every day, we challenge you to not only hear what champions like Devin and Daniel have to say, but also to jumpstart meaningful conversations with the young people you care about most!