This website is not being maintained and will be discontinued in November 2017. For Runaway and Homeless Youth information, content can be used for informational purposes or you can contact the National Clearinghouse for Homeless Youth and Families at 301-828-1324. For Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention information, visit the Teen Pregnancy Exchange. For Family Violence Prevention and Services information, visit the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.
Each year, about 50,000 people are infected with HIV. Half of those infections occur in youth ages 13-24, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Runaway and homeless youth, as well as any youth in crisis, too often find themselves in dangerous situations such as sexual trafficking and abusive relationships. These circumstances put youth at high risk for contracting HIV.
This World AIDS Day, talk to youth in your programs about HIV prevention. To help you be a better resource, the CDC has made free posters and informational materials available online and will help you find the nearest HIV testing site. Advocates for Youth has a number of lesson plans to help you discuss this important issue. And for more information about sexual trafficking, please read NCFY's publication "Bought and Sold."