Using Sign Language, New Video Promotes HIV Testing for Youth of All Abilities
April 12, 2019
This latest "how-to" video joins previous instructional videos the series has produced, including how to survive police encounters and safely date online. The new video builds on the organization's advocacy work around HIV awareness and education, led by their first-of-its-kind council of youth activists living with HIV, dubbed ECHO (short for Engaging Communities around HIV Organizing).
Young people are particularly vulnerable to HIV in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 21% of new HIV diagnoses in 2017 were in people aged 13 to 24. The same year, only 9% of all high school students were tested for HIV, and only 15% of all young cisgender men in high school who have had sex with men were tested. Once diagnosed with HIV, young people are least likely of all groups to remain in care and on antiretroviral therapy. However, HIV-negative youth struggle with pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) adherence, the CDC says.
TheBody's Daisy Becerra recently interviewed Louie Ortiz-Fonseca, the director of LGBTQ health and rights at Advocates for Youth and the host of Kikis with Louie, about his work to bring more youth into conversation with each other -- and their elders -- through digital media.
Kenyon Farrow is the senior editor of TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
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