Did you know every week 7,000 young women around the world contract HIV? That’s a new young woman impacted every two minutes. In fact, young women aged 10-24 are twice as likely to contract HIV as males the same ages.
Young people make up over 20% of HIV/AIDS cases in the U.S. According to the CDC, young people between the ages of 13 and 24 account for just over one in five HIV diagnoses.
These statistics are both alarming and frightening! This is why I'm teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to help make HIV History.
Johnson & Johnson has vowed to become part of the solution. In 2015, the company became a major partner in the DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, Safe women) initiative, a partnership between the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other groups aimed at reducing HIV infections among teen girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African countries.
As part of its commitment, Johnson & Johnson is providing up to $15 million in funding to help empower girls and young women by supporting such services as offering access to HIV testing and condoms.
WHAT IS HIV?
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus.
It is the virus that causes AIDS. When a person is infected with HIV, the virus enters the body and then lives and multiplies primarily in the white blood cells—the immune cells that normally protect us from disease.
There are now roughly 36.7 million people living with HIV or AIDS worldwide. Most of them do not know they are infected and may be spreading the virus to others.
In the U.S., more than 1.2 million people are living with HIV/AIDS, and approximately 44,000 Americans become newly infected with HIV each year. It is estimated that one-eighth of all people with HIV in the U.S. do not know they are infected.
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HELP MAKE HIV HISTORY
In order to help prevent this disease from spreading, we need to get educated and tested. The survival and long-term health of people with HIV are significantly improved by beginning HIV treatment earlier. Getting tested and entering treatment sooner rather than later means that you can begin to protect your health when it matters most.
Help spread awareness about HIV by creating and sharing a video at www.MakeHIVHistory.com. Record and share a custom 15 second video, like the one I created below and tell your story, share the facts about HIV, or show your support. Johnson & Johnson will compile the most compelling submissions into a short video that will be revealed on World AIDS Day on December 1, 2017.
Share the facts, show your support and help save lives
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.