April 10th, 2015 marks the 3rd annual National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD), and the countdown begins now!
Did you know only 23% of sexually active high school students have been tested for HIV? Or that 50% of people say they want more information about it? Well you and others can join young people around the world as they lead efforts to end the AIDS epidemic. It’s as easy as five steps.
1. Sign the petition to President Obama asking him to prioritize young people in the National HIV/ AIDS Strategy.
2. Get a local proclamation for National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day and make NYHAAD #Official in your community! Use the NYHAAD Campaign Toolkit to help you get started.
3. Host an event in recognition of National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people as well as highlight the amazing work young people like you are doing across the country to fight the HIV & AIDS epidemic. Register your event by March 20, 2015 in order to receive materials.
4. Film a short video about why you’re speaking out about HIV and why President Obama must prioritize young people within the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Be sure to post on Instagram, Facebook and Youtube using the hashtag #SpeakOutHIV and #NYHAAD.
5. Download the NYHAAD Campaign Toolkit and the State Advocacy Toolkit to get more great ideas for creative activism this NYHAAD.
Even though March 10th was national Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and this is something everyone should attempt to get involved in, every day. Prevention programs address the need for full access to health care, but proper communication and knowledge may save lives. Always remember to #KnowYourStatus #GetTested