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Together We Can End Youth HIV

Every youth-serving provider has a role to play in preventing youth HIV and helping young people living with HIV lead healthy lives.

National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness DayNational Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) is observed every year on April 10th. Planned and directed by Advocates for Youth, NYHAAD is a day to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people, speak out against the stigma around HIV and AIDS, and support young people who are living with HIV.​ 

What Works in Youth HIV provides practical information and youth-friendly resources for people working with adolescents to prevent HIV nationwide. Explore the resources below to find information and tools you can use in your community—to talk about HIV today or every day. Together we can end HIV. 

Webpage Resource

This webpage from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) includes links to resources, images for social media, posters, and palm cards that can be used to educate the public about the impact of HIV on youth.

State of the Youth HIV Epidemic

Young people ages 13-24 in the United States (U.S.) have never known a world without HIV; one in five HIV infections occur in individuals between these ages. If current rates of HIV diagnoses continue, 1 in 2 black men who have sex with men (MSM) and 1 in 4 Latino MSM in the U.S. will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. Despite the fact that HIV has always being a part of their lives, youth today may not be aware of the most up-to-date facts on how HIV affects them and their peers.

The resources below will be helpful when talking to youth about the HIV epidemic in the U.S.

Fact Sheet Resource

This April 2016 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fact sheet on HIV among youth ages 13-24 provides an overview of new infections, AIDS diagnoses, and deaths. It also explains prevention challenges and how CDC is addressing them.

Fact Sheet Resource

This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fact sheet shows trend data from 2008-2014 for men who have sex with men.

Educate Youth About Sexual Health & HIV

Keeping up-to-date on sexual health and HIV information is the cornerstone of HIV prevention programming.

The resources below address:

Fact Sheet Resource

This fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides the basics on HIV. It includes how it is spread, tips to prevent HIV, and how to remain healthy and protect others if living with HIV.

Lesson Plan Resource

Educators can use this 50-minute lesson plan from Advocates for Youth to teach youth what sexual abstinence is and how it can prevent unplanned pregnancies, STIs, and HIV infections.

Video Resource

Planned Parenthood's webpage has answers to common external condom questions and short videos on condom basics.

Toolkit Resource

This program from Physicians for Reproductive Health contains 20 modules. While originally designed for physicians it can be used by any youth-serving provider to learn about adolescent reproductive and sexual health care.

Speak Out Against Stigma

Addressing stigma and discrimination is essential in our work to end the HIV epidemic. Both HIV-positive and HIV-negative adolescents may experience multiple intertwining layers of stigma related to aspects of their identities and social groups as well as their HIV status. For example, young men who have sex with men; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth; and racial/ethnic minorities face stigma, regardless of their HIV status.

The following resources will provide information about LGBTQ youth and ways to address stigma when working with them.

Video Resource

This video, developed by the Adolescent Health Initiative at the University of Michigan Health System, offers perspectives from transgender and gender non-conforming youth about their experiences with (and hopes for) the health care system.

Webinar Resource

This webinar from The YMSM+LGBT Center of Excellence outlines methods organizations can adopt to engage and retain LGBT clients in care and build alliances with community organizations and individuals.

Video Resource

In this Office of Minority Health video, Guy Anthony, president & CEO of Black Gifted and Whole, community mobilizer and ARTivist, discusses becoming HIV-positive, being a young black gay man in America, and mobilizing youth in the digital age.

Toolkit Resource

This toolkit from NASTAD includes descriptions of stigma and recommendations on how to reduce it among Black and Latino gay men.

Support Youth Living with HIV

For youth that test positive for HIV, it is important to connect them to a youth-friendly HIV health care provider who can offer treatment and prevention counseling. This will help them stay as healthy as possible and prevent passing HIV on to others. Because there is no cure for HIV at this time, treatment is a lifelong process. To stay healthy, youth living with HIV need to receive regular HIV medical care, with the goal of maintaining viral suppression.

The following resources provide information and tools to support youth living with HIV.

Webpage Resource

This webpage discusses issues facing HIV-positive youth, including taking responsibility for their health, telling their friends, having relationships, and having sex.

Video Resource

This video from the IMPACT Project gives an overview of steps to take after a positive HIV test to get the most from an HIV health care provider.

Article Resource

This Advocates for Youth publication provides research-based information on youth-friendly clinical services. It also provides an overview of medical and public health literature highlighting key components of youth-friendly clinical services.

Webpage Resource

This campaign encourages people living with HIV to be active in their medical care, including having access to their medical records.

Page last updated: April 2017