HIV/AIDS and America's Youth

One in 300 persons in the United States is infected with HIV. 1 in 4 new HIV infections occurs in people under the age of 20. HIV infection/AIDS is the 2nd leading cause of death among adults 25-44.

The total number of infected persons in the United States is estimated to be from 650,000 to 900,000. This is equal to 0.3 percent of the US population. Approximately 30,000 children in the United States have lost their parents to AIDS. By the year 2000 the number of orphaned children will exceed 80,000.

Six Things PTAs Can Do

Work with local partners to create and promote an HIV prevention awareness event for your community.Hold a meeting for members on talking with your children and teens about HIV/AIDS.Write an article, create a fact sheet, or develop parent tips for your PTA newsletter or bulletin.Sponsor an artwork contest using the World AIDS Day theme and exhibit the entries before and after World AIDS Day.Encourage your school to commemorate the event through class work focused on HIV/AIDS information, service projects, or school-wide assemblies.Urge your school board to make a long-term commitment to providing HIV prevention education within a comprehensive school health program.

(Excerpted from PTA Annual Resources.)

World AIDS Day was observed for the first time on December 1, 1988, after a summit of health ministers from around the world called for a spirit of social tolerance and a greater exchange of information on HIV/AIDS. World AIDS Day, observed annually on December 1, serves to strengthen the global effort to face the challenges of the AIDS pandemic, which continues to spread throughout every region of the world. This organized effort is designed to encourage public support for programs that prevent the spread of HIV infection and to provide education and awareness of issues surrounding HIV/AIDS.

~The American Association for World Health


Scott Rhyne, Family Engagement Chairman