Center on Halsted hosts Youth HIV awareness event

Thu. April 10, 2014 10:16 AM by News Staff

Today, April 10, is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day.

Chicago, IL - In recognition of National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day on Thursday, April 10, Center on Halsted will honor youth impacted by and infected with HIV, who are thriving and making a difference.

Created in 2012 by 12 founding partners, National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) is now officially recognized by NYHAAD is observed annually on April 10 and celebrated by several organizations across the U.S.

NYHAAD is a day to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people as well as highlight the amazing work young people are doing across the country to fight the HIV & AIDS epidemic.

The event at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, begins at 4:30 p.m. with a screening of America's Shadow...HIV Risk in Black and Latino Youth at 5:00 p.m. followed by a post film discussion. The day also includes a community dinner at 6:00 p.m. and HIV Awareness Jeopardy from 7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Center on Halsted will also provide walk-in HIV testing today from noon – 8 p.m.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 26 percent of all new HIV infections occur among young people ages 13 to 24. Of those, African-American youth and young gay and bisexual men are most at risk. Nearly 60 percent of new infections in young people are among African Americans, while 87 percent of infections among young males are in gay and bisexual men.

In Illinois, there were more than 33,600 persons living with HIV or AIDS during 2010, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

This year's NYHAAD theme is "Engaging Youth Voices in the HIV & AIDS Response." For more information follow @YouthAIDSDay on Twitter and Instagram and online at

Related: CDC's Streaming Health HIV/AIDS YouTube Channel