How Many American Youths Are Affected by HIV?

HIV red ribbon (Care TV)

HIV red ribbon (Care TV)

HIV can strike anyone, but it’s especially harmful for young people, as they may not know to get tested and can unknowingly pass it on to partners. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 12K of youths (“youths” defined as people ages 13-24) are infected with HIV in 2010, or a rate of 1K a month. (I couldn’t find any data on how large this number has grown six years later.)

This counts for about 25% of new HIV infections. The CDC estimates that 75% of infections that youths acquire will affect young men. Young women are more likely to contract the virus through heterosexual sex at 86%, and young men are more likely to contract it through homosexual sex at 87%. About 60% of youth do not know they are infected, and can unknowingly pass the virus on to partners.

With these numbers in mind, it’s imperative that we raise awareness so those who are sexually active get tested, particularly young people.

 

 

HIV: How Many People Are Living With It?

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HIV-AIDS Logo

Though it’s declined since its discovery in the early 1980s, HIV is still a problem

A 2013 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that over 1.1M people have HIV, with nearly 16% unaware of it. (For context, the 2010 Census reported a total of 308M+ US citizens.) The study looked at participants at least 13 years of age.

Unfortunately, we’re not able to see how the number distributes (i.e. are more people in their ’20s and/or ’30s affected than people in their ’40s and/or ’50s?), but that’d be useful to find out.