HIV among youth
Youths are young people around the age of 15 to 24. For them, everything is a new discovery. They want to find out what is hidden behind another human being, which is a step to sexual intercourse with someone else. If you want to have sex with someone, you have the right to do so, but be vigilant because this act may follow something bad that will remain forever in your body, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
As a young person who cannot wait to become an adult, your adrenaline enhances when talking about sexual intercourse. For some people, they have sex at a young age. But remember, you pay the price for your actions. You have the responsibility to make good choices to live a peaceful life.
If one of these characteristics is related to you, WATCH OUT:
- You have sexual intercourse with someone but you have no clue of the impacts of your actions
- You have sexual intercourse with no use of condoms
- You have sexual intercourse with an older partner or several partners
- You are an IDU (Injection drug users)
- You are a homeless person
According to Unaids, the 2012 statistics shows that approximately 35 million people worldwide are infected. The third of them are young people. They are more at risk to get infected by HIV than older people for many reasons.
One of the most important reasons is when they are intoxicated. Young adults are new to alcohol and drugs and don't really care about their impacts. Being drunk or high shows a bad sexual behavior such as not using condoms. This is an easy way to let the virus propagate. Also, if you are an IDU, you also increase the risk of infecting other people. DO NOT SHARE NEEDLES WITH SOMEONE ELSE.
When you become an HIV-positive person, you need to deal with lots of challenges for the rest of your life. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), your immune system becomes weaker and you have more chances of being infected with tuberculosis which is a disease that occur to most of the people living with HIV. It causes death. Therefore, be safe and take measures.
Want to change the world for better? Want a world with a decrease of HIV-positive youths?
Everyone has a word to say.
Be part of the National Youth HIV+AIDS awareness day on April 10, every year, to raise your voice to change the world for better.
USA Gov. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Office of the Associate for Communication, Division of News and Electronic Media, 30 January 2014. Web. 21 April 2014.
Unaids Corportate. ''2013 UNAIDS Report on the global AIDS epidemic'', n.p. 2013.
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