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Department of Health Reminds Pennsylvanians about the Impact of HIV and AIDS on Young People

April 10 is National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day

04/10/2015 - Harrisburg, PA - In observance of National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day, Acting Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today stressed the importance of increasing awareness about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people and engaging local communities in meaningful discussions about the disease.

In the United States, one in four new cases of HIV occurs in persons under the age of 24. In 2012, an estimated 62,400 youth were living with HIV nationally, roughly half of whom do not know they are infected.

With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the state of Pennsylvania, the Department of Health implements high impact prevention activities for individuals at high risk for HIV infection, including high-risk minority youth. These targeted activities include HIV/STD counseling, testing and referral services, condom distribution, evidence-based behavioral interventions and anti-stigma social marketing campaigns.

“The young people of today can change the world by learning more about how to protect themselves and their loved ones. The fight against HIV and AIDS is a fight we can win together,” said Murphy.

For information regarding HIV infection, AIDS or HIV counseling and testing services, individuals should call the Pennsylvania Department of Health AIDS Factline at 1-800-662-6080.

For fact sheets, studies and additional information on HIV/AIDS, visit the Department of Health’s website at www.health.pa.gov.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Amy Worden,
DOH,
717-787-1783

Source: Pennsylvania Department Of Health


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