ALABAMA HIV INFECTION INCREASES AMONG YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS

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Montgomery, AL– The Council on Substance Abuse-NCADD (COSA-NCADD) and Trenholm State Community College will host a Bunny Hop and Hunt Health Expo on April 15th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Zion Fellowship United Methodist Church to observe National Youth HIV&AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD).

NYHAAD 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 engaged in across the country to respond to the epidemic.

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health 2014 HIV Surveillance Annual Report:

  • Newly emerged diagnosed HIV infection group are adolescents and young adults (13-29 years)
  • Male-to-male sexual activity continues to be the predominant mode of exposure for HIV infection and heterosexual contact is the second most common mode of exposure.
  • Nearly one-half (47%) of all newly diagnosed HIV infections were young adults in their 20’s
  • Men experienced a sharper decline than women.
  • 50% of males were diagnosed during their 20’s, compared to 34% of females.

The Expo will feature live music, local vendors, health screenings, giveaways and an Easter egg hunt. This event is one of many activities taking place through the Turn Around Project, a collaborative involving COSA-NCADD, Trenholm State and Montgomery Advocacy Outreach (MAO).

The goal of this collaborative is to decrease the HIV infection and substance abuse use rates among college-aged adults through education and awareness efforts in Montgomery, AL.

For more information about the Bunny Hop and Hunt Health Expo, contact Charity Mitchell at 334-420-4270 or email cmitchell@trenholmstate.edu.

COSA-NCADD is a non-profit organization providing prevention and recovery support services in seven counties in Alabama. The organization’s mission is to “reduce the incidence and prevalence of the disease of alcoholism, other drug addiction diseases, and related problems.” For more information about COSA-NCADD’s programs and services, call 334-262-1629 or visit www.cosancadd.org.

 

 

 

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