Tuesday, February 10, 2009

1 in 4 Americans

If any of you are involved with clubs, groups or organizations of any form, from sports clubs, to social groups to the Greek system then here are two events you may want to help promote and publicize.

April each year is STD awareness month to raise public awareness about the impact of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) on the lives of Americans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are approximately 19 million new cases of STDs each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.

June 27 each year is National HIV testing day. The CDC estimates that 180,000 to 280,000 people nationwide are HIV-positive but are unaware of their status. HIV counseling and testing enables people with HIV to take steps to protect their own health and that of their partners, and helps people who test negative get the information they need to stay uninfected.

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