The HHS Office of Adolescent Health is pleased to announce that a $350,000 grant was awarded on Monday, June 29, 2015 to JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc. to support an online National HIV/AIDS Resource Center that is focused on preventing HIV/AIDS in adolescents. The grant was awarded for a three-year project period.
The Resource Center will promote practical strategies for community-based providers and youth-serving professionals with information and resources targeted to adolescents who might be at high risk for HIV infection and those living with AIDS, along with linkages to training and technical assistance. The online Resource Center will also include interactive media and social media as tools to improve the health and well-being of adolescents.
Funding for this project comes from the HHS Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) that funds activities to prevent new HIV infections and reduce drop-offs along the HIV care continuum for racial and ethnic minorities living with HIV. The new online National HIV/AIDS Resource Center will target African American and Hispanic/Latino adolescents who are engaging in male to male sexual contact; disconnected youth, including those who are runaways, homeless, in detention centers or foster care or not in school; and teens who live in communities with high rates of HIV and STDs.
- Youth ages 13 to 24 accounted for an estimated 26 percent of all new HIV infections in the U.S.in 2010.
- From 2008 to 2010, the number of adolescents ages 13-19 diagnosed with HIV increased.
- Most new HIV infections among youth occur among gay and bisexual males; there was a 22 percent increase in estimated new infections in this group from 2008 to 2010.
- About 60 percent of all youth with HIV in the United States do not know they are infected, are not receiving treatment, and can unknowingly pass on the virus to others.