Adolescents with HIV/AIDS
By: Alex Giordano
How Is HIV Transmitted?
· Sexual intercourse/ sexual contact
· Sharing injections (drug usage)
· Coming in contact with blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk
What Is HIV/AIDS?
Dangers for Adolescents
· Young adults that are mostly affected are African Americans, Latinos, and gay/bisexual boys.
· African American youth accounted for 57% of all new HIV infections.
· 70% of affected adolescents are gay/bisexual boys (most are African Americans).
· 2/3 of young girls affected are African American
Symptoms of HIV
· Flu-like illness
· Enlarged lymph glands
Risks of Contracting HIV
· Adolescents ages 13-24 have 26% of all new HIV infection.
· Most HIV infections are among gay/bisexual males, this increased by 22% from 2008-2010.
· ¼ of young adults have HIV between the ages of 13-24.
· Each month 1,000 young adults are affected by HIV.
· A result from taking HIV drugs, are you get uncomfortable side effects that affect growth and development.
Behaviors That Create Risks for Adolescents
· Almost 60% of young adults with HIV don’t know they are infected.
· Most young adults don’t get tested for HIV.
· Out of 1 million Americans living with HIV, 7% are young adults.
· Too many people have HIV, but not enough of them are getting tested.
How to Avoid Contracting HIV
· STAY ABSTINENT!
· Listen to what is being taught in health class.
· Use protection at all times.
· Get you and your partner tested for HIV.