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Teens with AIDS!
      10/16/03 10:42 AM

There's this moron posting every night here and he says that teens don't get AIDS! WRONG! The real facts are (see link below):

"The AIDS epidemic among adolescents in the United States continues to be an increasing concern. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 4,428 cumulative cases of AIDS among adolescents, ages 13 through 19, were reported through December 2001. The number of adolescents living with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection is estimated to be much higher. Data from the 36 states that conduct HIV case surveillance indicate that among adolescents ages 13 through 19 58 percent were male
42 percent were female
27 percent were White, not Hispanic
51 percent were Black, not Hispanic
21 percent were Hispanic
Less than 21 percent were Asian/Pacific Islander or American Indian/Alaskan Native
Because the average period of time from HIV infection to the development of AIDS is 10 years, most young adults with AIDS were likely infected with HIV as adolescents. HIV infection is the sixth leading cause of death in this age group."


http://www.niaid.nih.gov/factsheets/hivadolescent.htm



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