September 8, 2017
This article originally appeared on JSI.
Youth ages 13- 24 account for an estimated 26 percent of all new HIV infections in 2010 with 60 percent of youths with HIV/AIDS unaware of their infection. Black youth account for an estimated 57 percent of all new HIV infections among youth in the U.S., followed by Hispanic/Latino and white youth. Nearly 75 percent of new HIV infections among youth are attributed to men who have sex with men (MSM). Reducing new HIV infections among the most vulnerable populations, particularly minorities and MSM are primary objectives of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, Healthy People 2020, CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention Strategic Plan, and the Minority AIDS Initiative.