ERIC Number: ED400224
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Youth & HIV/AIDS: An American Agenda. A Report to the President.
Office of National AIDS Policy, Washington, DC.
This document reports on the threat of HIV/AIDS to young people in the United States and proposes ways in which the Federal government could further address the needs of adolescents. Analysis of data gathered from young people affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and from professionals engaged in HIV research, prevention, and care revealed several trends: (1) one in four new HIV infections in the United States is estimated to occur among people under the age of 21; (2) HIV/AIDS does not discriminate by gender, geography, or sexual orientation; (3) efforts must be made to communicate to young people that the decisions they make now can affect them for the rest of their lives; (4) unless education and prevention programs are made available and accessible to young people they will continue to be at risk for HIV; (5) the lack of access to HIV counseling and voluntary testing for young people is a major barrier to prevention and treatment; (6) adolescents must become a bigger part of the research process; (7) young people are an important resource in the national response to this epidemic; and (8) the methods and goals established by the Federal government to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic can serve as an example for states, regions, and communities. Sections of the report discuss the AIDS epidemic: prevention; testing, treatment, and care; research; and suggested steps for the Federal government to take to combat the epidemic. (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National AIDS Fund, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Office of National AIDS Policy, Washington, DC.