Monday, December 10, 2007

NIH and their public service campaign for Hispanic Youth on the link between non-injection drugs and HIV

This is a few weeks late, but as part of honoring World AIDS day, the NIH launched a new national public service campaign to educate Hispanic teen on the link between non-injection drug use and HIV transmission. Namely, the campaign addresses the effect drug use and alcohol consumpion have on people's decision making abilities, which potentially lead them to engage in risky sexual behavior that can lead to HIV.

Hispanic youths represent 16% of the US teenage population, but are expected to grow by 25% in the next decade. The CDC reports that Hispanic/Latinos account for 18% of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses.

Read more about the campaign at


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