Each year, about 50,000 people are infected with HIV. Half of those infections occur in youth ages 13-24, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Runaway and homeless youth, as well as any youth in crisis, too often find themselves in dangerous situations such as sexual trafficking and abusive relationships. These circumstances put youth at high risk for contracting HIV.
This World AIDS Day, talk to youth in your programs about HIV prevention. To help you be a better resource, the CDC has made free posters and informational materials available online and will help you find the nearest HIV testing site. Advocates for Youth has a number of lesson plans to help you discuss this important issue. And for more information about sexual trafficking, please read NCFY's publication "Bought and Sold."