April 10, 2017

Rep. Lee Introduces Resolution Recognizing National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Washington, D.C. - HIV Caucus Co-Chair Congresswoman Barbara Lee reintroduced H. Res. 262 to support the goals and ideals of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day:

“Over 80% of youth fear the stigma of HIV and fewer than half of American high schools offer comprehensive sex and HIV prevention education. This is unacceptable,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13). “We must empower our youth to get tested and fight HIV/AIDS. Providing comprehensive sex education is critical to uplifting young people and achieving our goal of an AIDS-free generation.”

Since entering Congress, Representative Barbara Lee has authored or co-authored every major piece of HIV/AIDS legislation, including the legislative frameworks for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Each year, the CDC marks April 10th as National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), one in five new HIV diagnoses are in people age 13-24. These diagnoses disproportionately affect youth of color and LGBTQ youth.