Adolescents with HIV/AIDS

By: Alex Giordano

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How Is HIV Transmitted?

· Sexual intercourse/ sexual contact


· Sharing injections (drug usage)


· Coming in contact with blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk


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What Is HIV/AIDS?

AIDS is the condition brought by the HIV virus.

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


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Symptoms of HIV

· Flu-like illness


· Fever


· Fatigue


· Headache


· 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.


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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.

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