Sexual education will become mandatory for 7th-12th graders attending a public school in California starting next year. Proponents said it could address a problem in some districts with schools teaching outdated and biased information. The law will require that sex-ed curricula will teach HIV prevention alongside sexual health education—which was formerly optional—although parents will be able to opt their children out of these sessions. […]Read More Sexual education to be mandatory in schools across California
More gay men are taking Truvada, a drug that prevents HIV infection, every year. But do younger people — particularly young black men and transgender women — know about the drug, and can they access it if they want it? An HIV doctor talks with a Youth Radio reporter about the perception of the drug […]Read More Podcast: Are HIV prevention drugs reaching teens?
The ADAM project (Alcohol and Drug Advocacy for Men), a program of the Long Beach LGBTQ Center, counsels young Latino and African American males about how to reduce their risk of HIV. Staff there say the program fills a gap in community-based preventative services in Long Beach. “I would much rather have an outreach team in the street talking to young men […]Read More A strategy to reduce HIV and AIDS in Long Beach
People who do not have HIV can take Pre-Exposure Prophalaxis, or PrEP, to substantially reduce the risk of becoming infected. Drug companies are now conducting studies to test the drugs effectiveness in reducing new incidence of HIV in teens. Critics say the prevention drug could promote a feeling of invincibility and encourage risky sexual behavior – for instance, forgoing […]Read More Teens try the pill that blocks HIV infection
Nadji Dawkins is a gay black man who uses Truvada, a drug that prevents the sexual transmission of HIV to the user. Despite the confusion and stigma around the medication (and gay sex in general), he goes public about the way it affects his choices. The perspective aired on KQED and was produced by Youth Radio.Read More HIV prevention drug changes one man’s behavior
“When I was 13 years old, at a doctor’s visit in San Francisco, I found out I have HIV. My mother, who also has the virus, passed it on to me when I was born. I am one of the 1,908 reported cases of HIV in Fresno County. A summer camp for kids with HIV […]Read More HIV and me: by Anonymous
According to teensource.com, one-fourth of the 19 million new STD infections each year are teens. One Merced teen shares his STD shock and interviews a friend about hers. Their stories reveal that trusting your partner isn’t enough, and that frequent testing is vital, on We’Ced.Read More Falling petals – teens and STDs