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HIV Among Youth in the U.S.

HIV Among Youth in the U.S.

Young gay and bisexual males at greatest risk for HIV

Most new HIV infections in youth (about 70%) occur in gay and bisexual males; most are African Americans.

Sexually active young gay and bisexual males

  • Have higher risk for getting HIV if they are having sex with older or multiple partners, using drugs or alcohol, or not using condoms during every sexual encounter.
  • Should get an HIV test at least every year. Those at greater risk could benefit from testing as often as every 3 to 6 months.
  • Aren’t always getting HIV prevention education that is accurate and effective.
  • For HIV information for youth, contact your local community health center or state health department, or visit CDC’s website ( or msmhealth/).

HIV Affects Everyone

  • Risk for HIV
  • not knowing the fact or personal risk
  • having sex
  • alcohol or drug use with sex
  • sex with older partners who may be more likely to be infected
  • injecting drugs
  • no condoms
  • not tested
  • not treated

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