...more celebrity role models should advocate HIV testing, and social media channels can be better utilized.
(PRWEB) December 12, 2013
Globalsurance has released a new article on its blog about the rising prevalence of HIV amongst adolescents. The article examines the reasons why the virus is on the rise, and it cites studies from groups such as the World Health Organization.
The article begins by recapping World AIDS Day, which took place on December 1st. At the event, it was reported that over 2 million children between the ages of 10 and 19 have the disease, and although the general population has seen a 30 percent decrease in AIDS deaths over the past seven years, amongst adolescents and teens, AIDS deaths have increased by 50 percent.
The Globalsurance article then explains that AIDS is becoming more fatal to adolescents even as it becomes more manageable in adults because adolescents are less likely to get tested for HIV. Adolescents who are unknowingly HIV positive are more likely to engage in unsafe sex or drug use with others their own age, further spreading the virus within the adolescent demographic.
The article then explains how children and teens may require HIV counseling and treatment services specifically tailored to the needs of young people. Health care professionals offering counseling and treatment must also be trained in acting in a non-judgmental and positive manner toward their young patients, or else teens may be afraid to seek further medical services.
Lastly, the article offers some suggestions for increasing awareness of HIV/AIDS beyond World AIDS Day. The article proposes that more educational campaigns should be created to generate interest among children and teenagers, more celebrity role models should advocate HIV testing, and social media channels can be better utilized. Awareness campaigns can also be used within HIV clinics, and flexible hours, lower prices and even separate waiting areas for teens might encourage more young adults to see a medical professional and discuss HIV and AIDS.
To read the full article, visit http://www.globalsurance.com/news/2013/12/04/hiv-in-adolescents-on-the-rise/.