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Advocates for Youth Pushes for First Ever National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day
Date:3/26/2013

Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 26, 2013

Despite the recent scientific progress in getting closer to cure for AIDS, the HIV and AIDS epidemic is not over. Today’s young people are the first generation who have never known a world without HIV and AIDS. In the United States, one in four new HIV infections is among youth ages 13 to 24. Every month 1,000 young people are infected with HIV and over 73,700 young people are currently living with HIV across the country. Young people and their allies are determined to end this epidemic once and for all – but they can’t do it alone. An “AIDS-Free Generation”, will not be possible without an all-hands on deck response from governments, schools, organizations, and communities - and the recognition of young people as key partners in the fight against AIDS. National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) acknowledges young people’s great work in fighting the epidemic and holds our leaders accountable. April 10, 2013 will mark the first annual nationwide observance of the day.

“The road to an AIDS-free generation begins by prioritizing youth,” said Debra Hauser, President of Advocates for Youth. “It is time to move past the short-term and what is politically safe and instead demonstrate the courage to recognize the rights of all young people to the sexual health information and services they need to protect their health and save their lives.”

“Young people are determined to see the end this disease, and we are in our communities every day to make that happen,” said Youth Ambassador Ona Wang. Ona is one of the 10 Youth Ambassadors for NYHAAD. “What we want in the creation of NYHAAD is for everyone, governments, our schools, our community leaders, our parents, our friends, to truly commit to protecting young people from HIV and A
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