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Three decades into the AIDS epidemic there remains a troubling disconnect about the risk of infection, as the highest-risk groups don't seem to be getting the message. One may be tempted to conclude there is some kind of death wish at work, but for this rather remarkable finding: Young gay males in urban school districts were "less likely to report having been taught about HIV or AIDS in school," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That needs to be addressed even if it is only part of a larger problem.
The CDC reports that about 50,000 people get HIV each year and young people between the ages of 13 and 24 represent about a quarter of these new HIV infections (26%). The majority of youth living with HIV are unaware they are infected. Young gay and bisexual men and African Americans are the most affected.
The latest data on HIV infections, testing, and risk behaviors among youth and young adults show:
CDC scientists also examined risk behaviors among high school students in 12 states and nine large urban school districts, and found that young gay and bisexual males reported engaging in substantially higher levels of risk behavior than their heterosexual male peers. Young gay and bisexual males are