According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2014, an estimated 9,731 youth aged 13 to 24 were diagnosed with HIV in the United States accounting for about 22% of all new HIV diagnoses. In 2012, an estimated 44% of HIV positive youth 18 to 24 years old didn’t know they had it. Public health experts worry about the millennial generation’s attitudes toward HIV prevention because today’s youth didn’t live through the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.
The non-profit Visualty Inc., and Florida Gulf Coast University’s Gay Straight Alliance is holding a panel discussion April 20, to educate and inform participants about the history of the AIDS epidemic and its impact on the LGBT community and movement. We delve into the struggle with the stories of those who lived it and we’ll explore public health efforts to convince young people to take AIDS prevention seriously.
Jon Braddy, Ph.D., FGCU Communication Professor
Arlene Goldberg, co-founder and board member of Visuality Inc.
Billy Huff, Ph.D., FGCU Communication Professor, Visuality Inc. board member and Faculty Advisor for FGCU’s Gay Straight Alliance
David Fairman-Jackson, Community Prevention Specialist of McGregor Clinic