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Being Young And Positive

This resource is aimed at teens who have only recently found out they have HIV, or have grown up knowing they have HIV.

Being a young person living with HIV brings its own challenges. Topics include taking responsibility for your health, telling your friends, and having relationships.

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Undetectable = Untransmittable

If you haven't heard this yet, you will.

What science has found in extensive studies is that a person living with HIV on antiretroviral therapy (ART) with an undetectable HIV viral load in their blood for at least six months has a effectively zero risk of transmitting HIV to a sexual partner. This means people living with HIV can feel confident that if they have an undetectable viral load and take their medications properly, they will not pass on HIV to sexual partners (Undetectable = Untransmittable U=U).

Needless to say, there are many questions, including is the risk 0% or 93-96% or ????

This FAQ (and the entire site) provides a good introduction to how we've gotten to Undetectable = Untransmittable and what the challenges still are.

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PrEP and PEP

PrEP {pre-exposure prophylaxis) can help prevent HIV transmission.

PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) can prevent transmission after the fact – think "morning after", but for HIV.

This site has simple and straightforward definitions of key terms, as well as a run-down of the science and a few things to know about these very effective HIV prevention tools.

Talking about AIDS & HIV is not easy for many adults. The discussion can go into areas that are not comfortable or may go against district policies.

Even so, young people represent the fastest growing group of new HIV infections.

Getting the information to them, via a classroom discussion or more low key thru browser bookmarks, a flyer or poster can prevent a lot of needless pain and suffering.

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Origin of HIV & AIDS

There has been endless debate around the origin and path of HIV, with many suggesting it was created by "the government". This slightly technical article traces the origins of HIV back to the 1920's and the Democratic Republic of Congo and shows how it spread from there to the rest of the world over the next 60 years.

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Advocates For Youth

The Advocates For Youth site has a number of lesson plans, including one to introduce HIV and AIDS and to present methods for students to seek additional information about HIV.

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Hunt for origin of HIV pandemic ends at chimpanzee colony in Cameroon

This article in The Guardian is a much less technical take on the HIV origin story, noting that the first AIDS death in the U.S. is believed to be an African American teenager [Robert Rayford] in St Louis in 1969.

Of the almost forty million people alive today with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) or AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome), at least one quarter are young people aged 15-24 and over 90 percent live in developing countries.

In the U.S., young people account for the majority of new HIV infections.

Two decades after the appearance of HIV, an estimated 35 million people have died of AIDS-related causes. The World Bank and other international organizations recognize AIDS as a global development problem that must be tackled for the benefit of all people—rich and poor, young and old.

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AVERT

AVERT is an accessible web site proving people with knowledge about HIV to protect themselves and others from infection, reduce stigma and break down barriers to treatment and support. Based in the U.K., they have a global reach with a concentration in the last 10 years in southern and east Africa, India and Russia.

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CDC HIV/AIDS Pages

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the best places for authoritative information, providing a wide range of resources from "Are You at Risk?" to "Hoaxes and Rumors".

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World Bank - Tackling AIDS

Check out the World Bank's HIV and AIDS topic page, with resources, maps and data suitable Jr./Sr. High School students. Provides a view of hov HIV affects the rest of the world.

One of the best resources for AIDS/HIV information, testing and speakers is your local AIDS support organization. Do a Google search or ask your local county hospital.

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