ERIC Number: ED345160
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Illusions of Immortality: The Confrontation of Adolescence and AIDS.
New York State Dept. of Health, Albany.
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a potent and a present danger for teenagers, casting a dark shadow over their lives now and in the future. A small, but significant, number of teenagers will develop Human Immune Virus (HIV)-related illness before they turn 20; a far greater number will become infected with the virus during adolescence. More importantly many teenagers will adopt patterns of sexual behavior and drug use that will continue to put them at risk for HIV throughout their adult lives. To protect youth the need for effective HIV prevention education must be addressed. Successful prevention programs and needed clinical care will require financing. Even in this time of fiscal austerity the provision of funds to create and maintain such interventions cannot be foregone. (Ten recommendations for the State of New York are listed. Among them are: (1) a requirement that every school provide explicit and culturally and developmentally appropriate education on HIV; (2) all programs that serve adolescents disconnected from schools must provide HIV prevention education; (3) community-based comprehensive programs for those adolescents whose behaviors place them at highest risk of acquiring HIV infection and for those already infected should be established; and (4) a private/public partnership to develop and conduct a sustained, consistent HIV prevention education campaign targeting teenagers should be initiated by the Governor.) (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Dept. of Health, Albany.
Identifiers: New York