National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) is a day to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people as well as highlight the amazing work young people are doing across the country to fight the HIV & AIDS epidemic.
Why is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day important?
Today’s young people are the first generation who have never known a world without HIV and AIDS. In the United States, one in four new HIV infections is among youth ages 13 to 24. Every month 1,000 young people are infected with HIV and over 76,400 young people are currently living with HIV across the country. While there has been much talk about an AIDS-Free Generation, we know that is not possible without our nation’s youth. Young people and their allies are determined to end this epidemic once and for all and this day is a way to acknowledge the great work young people are already engaging in to do so.
What is the National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) Youth Ambassador Program?
The National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) Youth Ambassador Program is comprised of young leaders and activists who come together to promote a message of prevention, treatment, care, and youth empowerment. Youth Ambassadors work across campuses and communities throughout the U.S. to share factual sexual health information, organize actions to address the impact of HIV/AIDS on youth, and create community spaces for healing and reflection.
How do I commemorate National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day?
National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day is an opportunity to learn about HIV & AIDS and how young people are affected. It is also an opportunity to show support for the cause while educating others. You could send tweets, host an event, get tested, table on your campus, and more! Check out the resources toolkit for more ideas on ways to engage.
How do I find events near me for National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day?
Check out our events list to find an event registered near you. If you do not see an event near you, think about hosting your own!
How do I prepare to host an event?
If you plan on hosting an event, make sure to plan adequately so that there is enough time to get the word out and organize whatever resources that you might need. If you are hosting an event, make sure you have a venue and an agenda. Check out the resources toolkit for more information.
How do I get other young people to participate?
Spread the word via social media, word of mouth, or hand out flyers in your area. Share some facts with your peers and stress the importance of National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day. Follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook to get updates on more resources as the day approaches!
Advocates for Youth
1325 G Street NW, Suite 980
Washington, DC 20005
Contact: Januari McKay
Source: 2019 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.