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There’s an alarming rise in a life-threatening disease, particularly in young people. Even though overall HIV rates have dropped, there’s been a spike in new cases for those ages 13 to 24.

Sheila Smith contracted HIV in her 20s.

She kept her diagnosis a secret for almost two decades, but she’s now speaking out in hopes of preventing other young people from getting it.


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What CDC Is Doing

CDC uses a multifaceted approach to meet the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States: Updated to 2020:

  • CDC funds state and local health departments to develop and implement HIV prevention programs in their jurisdictions in communities most affected by HIV.
  • CDC awards $43 million annually to community-based organizations (CBOs) to expand HIV prevention services for young gay, bisexual, and transgender youth of color.
  • CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health collects and reports data on youth health risk behaviors and funds 19 state and 17 local education agencies to help schools deliver sexual health education emphasizing HIV/STD prevention, increase teen access to sexual health services, and establish safe and supportive environments for students. For example:
    • Advocates for Youth assists state and local education agencies with implementing programs and developing strategic collaborations between schools and community-based, mental health, and social services organizations to meet the HIV/STD prevention needs of young gay and bisexual men.
    • The National Coalition of STD Directors works with state education agencies, and Cicatelli Associates Inc. (CAI) works with local education agencies to increase adolescent access to preventive sexual health services.
    • The American Psychological Association works with state education agencies, and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network works with local education agencies to establish safe and supportive learning environments for students and staff.
    • Healthy Teen Network works with local education agencies to deliver sexual health education emphasizing HIV/STD prevention.
  • CDC’s Act Against AIDS initiative focuses on raising awareness about HIV, fighting stigma, and reducing the risk of HIV infection among at-risk populations through multiple campaigns such as Doing It, which motivates individuals to get tested for HIV and know their status.