World AIDS Day was December 1st -- a few days late, but here are the FACTS.
- Thirteen to 24 year olds account for 26% of all new HIV infections in the U.S. in 2010.(1)
- The most recent stats (from 212) show an INCREASED rate among13-14 and 20-24 year olds, with rates in 15-19 year olds remaining stable.(2)
- Men who have sex with men (MSM) account for 72% of all new HIV infections among youth.(1)
- HIV infections among teens as a result of male/male contact increased 22% from 2008 to 2010.(1) [Note: The Medical Institute for Sexual Health recommends that even a one-time sexual encounter with a man, whether or not the teen considers himself gay, should still be tested for HIV.]