Friday, April 10, 2015

National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day #NYHAAD: Three years, three posts!

Today (April 10th) is National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (or NYHAAD) in the US. National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day is an annual observance that takes place on April 10 to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people and to highlight the work young people are doing across the country to respond to the epidemic.This year marks the third annual observance of this day designed to highlight youth-related HIV issues. Prior to the creation of NYHAAD in 2013 by a group of youth who gathered at the 2012 International AIDS Conference, the closest thing to NYHAAD was Children's AIDS Day, which was celebrated in Texas in 2010 and 2011.

Photo credit: YouthAIDSDay dot org

Youth with HIV or at risk for HIV have unique characteristics. There are particular challenges that they face that increases their risk for contracting HIV and makes it harder for them to access resources. This is especially the case for youth of color, young MSM, and young women and transwomen.

Please take some time today to visit the official NYHAAD page for information about this day, and also take some time to visit the All In page (a similar global initiate to #EndAdolescentAIDS).

We are also pleased to share three awesome posts written by a positive youth in commemoration of post for each year that has NYHAAD existed. Please read them below!

1. "An Almost Broken Relationship" (about lack of HIV awareness), from HIVE Online (formerly BAPAC)

2. "Mina's Law: #NotYourInfection" (about fighting HIV stigma), from PWN-USA

3. "HIV Youth Summer Camps" (about social support for youth with HIV), from the Well Project