HALF OF THE PEOPLE WITH HIV IN THE U.S.
DON'T KNOW THEY HAVE IT.
To learn more visit: www.cdc.gov/hiv/stats.htm.
Did you know that at least two teenagers and young adults in this country are infected with HIV every hour of every day? To learn more visit: www.amfar.org/cgi-bin/iowa/programs/prevention/record.html?record=43.
The joint United Nations Programming on HIV/AIDS reports that as of December, 2002, for the first time in the epidemics history, the number of women living with HIV accounts for 50% of the global total. To learn more visit www.unaids.org.
Behavior associated with drug abuse is now the single largest factor in the spread of HIV infection in the United States. It is clear from research that drug abuse treatment is a proven means of preventing the spread of HIV and AIDS combined with community based outreach programs. To learn more visit www.drugabuse.gov.
Needle Exchange Programs work
*Needle exchange programs do not encourage substance abuse......these programs save lives. To learn more visit Until Its Over Aids Action.
Practice Safer Sex.
Sexual activity conducted in such a way that transmission of HIV infection is minimized by reducing the exchange of body fluids. (e.g., consistent use of condoms, avoiding unprotected vaginal and anal intercourse.)
Drug use, Dependance and Addiction.
It has been well documented that children who are survivors of physical or sexual abuse in childhood are at greater risk for the use, dependance and addiction of drugs in adolescence and young adulthood. The use or dependance on drugs increases the likelihood for unsafe sex practices.
For young people, it is critical to prevent patterns of risky behaviors
before they start. HIV prevention efforts must be sustained and designed
to reach each new generation of Americans.
KNOWLEDGE IS THE BEST PROTECTION