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National HIV Testing Day Campaign 2002

5/22/2002:   The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) will sponsor its 8th annual national "Take the Test, Take Control" HIV Testing Day on June 27.

Young people, who represent one-sixth of the world’s population, are rapidly becoming infected with HIV. The poverty, racism, sexism, and homophobia that many young people face cause a significant increase in their risk for HIV/AIDS.

  • 60% of new HIV infections in developing countries occur in people ages 15-24.
  • Half of the world’s new HIV infections occur in people under the age of 25.
  • Every minute, five young people in the world are infected with HIV.
  • 10 million people ages 15-24 are living with HIV/AIDS.

United States
  • Young Americans between the ages of 13 and 25 are contracting HIV at the rate of two every hour.
  • An estimated 250,000 young Americans are unaware that they are infected with HIV.
  • More than 123,000 young Americans have developed AIDS in their twenties, and most were infected with HIV as teenagers.

NAPWA created National HIV Testing Day in1995. Today, campaign participants include over 10,000 health departments; national, state, and local organizations; and the news media. The campaign intends to educate and encourage the public, especially those at risk for infection, about voluntary HIV counseling and testing services as a critical step in personal control and responsibility for one’s health. It also focuses on increasing local testing opportunities in accessible locations.

For more information about National HIV Testing Day contact: NAPWA (www.napwa.org) 1413 K St, NW Washington, DC 20005 (202) 898-0414.

For HIV/AIDS education and prevention information contact: Centers for Disease Control(www.cdc.gov/hiv/pubs/facts.htm) 1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30333 (404) 639-3311, (800) 311-3435.

For HIV/AIDS state and territorial testing information throughout the U.S.: American Association for World Health (www.aawhworldhealth.org) 1825 K St, NW – Ste. 1208 Washington, DC 20006 (202) 466-5883.

For other information, contact Joseph Montgomery at the Child Welfare League of America (jmontgomery@cwla.org) 50 F Street, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20001

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