What is NYHAAD?
National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD), annually April 10th, is a day to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people. The day also highlights the advocacy of young people in the U.S. around linking people to services, providing sexual health resources, and HIV education.
Why is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day important?
Today’s young people are the first generation who have never known a world without HIV and AIDS. In the United States, one in four new HIV infections is among youth ages 13 to 24. Every month 1,000 young people are diagnosed with HIV and over 76,400 young people are currently living with HIV across the country. Young people and their allies are determined to advocate for a youth-centered framework around HIV & AIDS prevention, treatment, and care.
What is the National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) Youth Ambassador Program?
The National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) Youth Ambassador Program is comprised of young leaders and activists who come together to promote a message of prevention, treatment, care, and youth empowerment. Youth Ambassadors work across campuses and communities throughout the U.S. to share factual sexual health information, organize actions to address the impact of HIV/AIDS on youth, and create community spaces for healing and reflection.