Ryan White Program
Did you know?
National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day!
Today is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD). This observance brings together young leaders, national community partners and many other organizations and individual nation-wide to foster a better response to the HIV epidemic.
(according to the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the CDC)
1 in 4 of all new HIV infections is among youth ages 13-24
54% of new infections among young gay and bisexual males are African-American
60% of all youth with HIV do not even know they are infected
86% of young females contracted HIV through heterosexual sex and 13% from Injection Drug Use
The Nassau-Suffolk HIV Health Services Planning Council recently completed a HIV/AIDS Youth Needs Assessment for Long Island. Some key recommendations for parents, educators and practitioners are:
Be engaged in your child’s health and treatment
Educate youth early about safe sex, the risks of unprotected sex and the emotional aspects of sex. (Begin at age 10 to 11 in the 5
Incorporate the needs of an LGBT individual in their treatment, always exploring the co-existence of substance abuse and mental health issues, and if present, intervening early
Accept your child’s sexual orientation or gender identity, and know that acceptance is crucial to their well-being, and can prevent suicide attempts, depression, substance abuse and unprotected sexual intercourse
For a copy of the results of this assessment please
click on our Resources page
. For other information and resources on Youth and HIV/AIDS please click on the link below.
Nassau-Suffolk Planning Council / United Way of Long Island 819 Grand Boulevard Deer Park, NY 11729
P: 631.940.3723 F: 631.940.2550
Funded by Ryan White Part A HRSA/HAB