June 14, 2018 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC )'s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Surveillance Summary on the 2017 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey ( YRBS ) shows mixed results for youth, especially for youth of color when it comes to HIV and other STDs.
"While there were encouraging signs across all races and ethnicities in terms of decreased sexual activity, it is alarming that condom use dropped so significantly" said Linda H. Scruggs, Director of NMAC's Leadership Pipeline and Youth Initiative. "This report indicates that youth, particularly youth of color, are engaging in riskier behavior and are at greater chance of contracting HIV or other STDs. It also shows that, with a decreased use of condoms, we will need to look at biomedical prevention methods, like Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis ( PrEP ) and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis ( PEP )."
"Through NMAC's Youth Initiative and our Building Young Leaders of Color ( BYLOC ), we know that youth are eager to take a leadership role in the fight against HIV in their communities and with their peers," said Scruggs. "The data from this update and coming updates gives them the information they need to effectively communicate with their peers and develop HIV fighting strategies for their communities."
NMAC leads with race to urgently fight for health equity and racial justice to end the HIV epdemic in America. Since 1987, NMAC has advanced our mission through a variety of programs and services, including: a public policy education program, national and regional training conferences, a treatment and research program, numerous electronic and print materials, and a website: www.nmac.org . NMAC also serves as an association of AIDS service organizations, providing valuable information to community-based organizations, hospitals, clinics, and other groups assisting individuals and families affected by the HIV epidemic.