The youngest members of our society have become those experiencing a new outbreak of HIV. Could it be we've grown comfortable with the decline of the disease, its treatment and life expectancy? While medical advancements have gained in positive treatment. when diagnosed early. it’s vital to detect the disease before symptoms occur. The lack of awareness may be the reason for the new outbreak of HIV cases. It’s important to open a dialogue with young people between the ages of 13 into their early twenties, the group most affected by this disease.
Is HIV on the Rise Again?
Recent reports reveal HIV infections are on the rise again in an entirely different group than we might think. Find out who's learning they are HIV positive.
The Latest HIV Outbreak
A new HIV outbreak is affecting our youth.
The recent reports of positive HIV diagnoses are on the rise. The group this outbreak is affecting is our youth. The positive cases reported in those as young as 13 years of age to those in the early 20's.
It's hard to say how this may play out. As the news is released parents will become aware and yet most often doubt their child may be affected.
The thought of such young teenagers becoming infected with HIV is difficult to consider. Most parents believe their teenagers, especially those just becoming teens, are sexually active much less HIV positive.
Raising HIV Awareness
The new outbreak of HIV cases affecting our nations youth could go unnoticed if public awareness is not properly handled.
While most parents won't consider their children could possibly be among this group reality may dictate other. While it’s hard to imagine your child is involved in any activities that spread the HIV infection it could be possible. It’s vital that those infected be diagnosed early. While this disease does not bring with it the rapid death sentence it once did it is crucial to begin treatment early in the onset of the disease. The early treatment has the greatest most positive impact on the HIV virus.
Protecting Teens from HIV
The most effective tool in the spread of any disease is awareness and knowledge.
First and foremost we've all feel HIV is a disease in check and control. This new outbreak is the tragic result of a society no longer spreading the word of this disease, its means of spreading and the reality that anyone engaging in unprotected sex or drug use can contract the disease.
The methods of protection form HIV and other STD’s should be discussed openly giving our youth the vital stats and the protection they need to stay safe and healthy.
Be HIV Proactive
Raising awareness of this new outbreak and the disease as a whole is a crucial public awareness message.
Become a pro-active adult and spread the word among other parents and youth. Knowledge is the best defense. Parents may not be talking about HIV or Aids as they don’t feel it’s a real threat to their children. While the disease is alive and well every child should be made aware of it, the effects of such a disease and most importantly prevention.
The Danger of HIV
The biggest concern is the age group most greatly effected by the recent HIV outbreak may be the most reluctant to come forward or be tested.
It's unheard of for most any thirteen year old to admit to their parents they are sexually active or have used recreational drugs in any form.
It is for this reason this outbreak could develop into a full blown out break. It's important for parents to give this careful thought, spread the word sharing the news of this outbreak with their children and getting others talking about it spreading the word.
Finally parents should practice great patience and understanding when discussing this topic as judgement will cause a teen or young adult to withdraw and remain silent about their potential exposure.