CDC Reports Decline In HIV Education
Via press release:
Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its 2011 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), which tracks everything from seat belt utilization to tobacco use among America’s youth. While the report showed improvements among many risk factors, the percentage of U.S. high school students who had learned about HIV/AIDS in school dropped from 91.5 percent in 1997 to 84 percent in 2011. At the same time, only 60 percent of young people reported using a condom during their last sexual encounter. “With young people, especially young gay men, facing such a heavy burden of HIV, today’s data further instructs the nation to do more to educate youth about sexual health,” said National Minority AIDS Council Director of Legislative and Public Affairs Kali Lindsey.