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HIV among U.S. Adolescents

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Researchers in the Journal of Adolescent Health called for intensified HIV prevention efforts within minority communities and among men who have sex with men in addition to more effort to encourage testing for at-risk youth. The investigators analyzed HIV/AIDS cases (between 1999 and 2003) among people ages 13-24 from 32 states and the US Virgin Islands.

At the end of 2003 there had been 7,074 adolescents and young adults diagnosed, and 63% were between the ages of 20 and 24. AIDS rates were highest among blacks (63 per 100,000) and youth in the South (22 per 100,000) and Northeast (18 per 100,000). Between 1999 and 2003 there was an increase in HIV cases among males, in particular, males who have sex with men.

Sources
Rangel, A., Gavin, L., Reed, C., Fowler, M., & Lee, L. (2006). Epidemiology of HIV and AIDS among adolescents and young adults in the United States. Journal of Adolescent Health, vol. 39(2) pages 159-163.



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Dr. Brown is a developmental psychologist specializing in adolescent health.

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