HIV risk is higher for young people in the United States than any other age group. In order to protect your health, it is essential to practice preventative care. UNM Truman Health Services can help.
Who Is At Risk
In 2010, youths ages 12-24 made up roughly 20% of new HIV infections. Those who are more at risk include:
- Men who have sex with men (MSM)
- Minorities, especially black and Latino youth
- Sexually active young people
- Intravenous drug users
Young people with older sex partners may be at an increased risk of getting HIV. Young individuals engaging in substance abuse, or that are struggling with emotional problems are also at a higher risk, as they are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior.
HIV is a Life-Long Commitment
The risk of getting HIV is one to be taken seriously. Young people who are having sex could face the lifelong challenge of medication adherence, symptom management, and behavioral health issues. Young people in Albuquerque can protect themselves by being conscious of their risks and practicing HIV prevention.
HIV Prevention Facts
Because the age of sexual initiation has become progressively younger, it is important to educate young people about the risks of HIV before they engage in unprotected sexual contact.
HIV is a virus that can be transmitted through blood and bodily fluids. This includes:
- Vaginal fluids
- Breast milk
- Blood transfusions
- Anal fluids
As many as 1 in 3 people living with HIV do not know they are infected. In order to protect your health, it is important to practice safe sexual behavior. Always use a condom and get tested for HIV frequently.
Youth HIV Testing in Albuquerque
UNM Truman Health Servicesis proud to support sexual health among our youth by offering FREE rapid HIV testing at local high schools. We currently visit Highland and Albuquerque High School every 3 months to provide free, confidential testing for sexually active young people.
To discuss FREE HIV testing, contact us today.