Last night during the State of the Union address, President Obama reiterated his call for an AIDS-free Generation. In a speech that discussed some of our nation’s greatest challenges, we were glad to hear that the President still considers HIV and AIDS a priority for our nation. However, too often in this fight, young people and their needs are left out or ignored. That’s why young people from across the country have joined together to call for the first ever National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day to be held on April 10, 2013.
Every month, 1,000 young people between the ages of 13 and 24 are infected with HIV in the United States. Over 34,000 young Americans are currently living with HIV and thousands do not know they are HIV positive.
Young people are leading amazing efforts in their communities to raise awareness, educate, and hold accountable our leaders. Already youth and adult allies across the country are planning events. From youth summits to town halls, bringing mobile testing units to campuses and hosting spoken words performances, the community is gearing up for a fantastic day.
But, more work remains to be done.
We need leadership from the White House in acknowledging our nation’s youth as a key population in this fight and we need a meaningful commitment to address the specific needs of young people. Join us in emailing President Obama and asking him to recognize National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day.
We can reach an AIDS-free Generation, but we cannot do it without our nation’s youth. Please take a minute and contact the President now!