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    World AIDS Day -- December 1, 1998.


    Talking with young people about AIDS is the theme designated by the Joint UN Program on HIV/AIDS for World AIDS Day, December 1, 1998. Approximately 30 million people were living with HIV/AIDS by the beginning of 1998, many of whom were infected as adolescents or young adults. In the US, in areas reporting both AIDS cases and HIV infection, 3% of people with AIDS and 14% of those with HIV infection reported during January 1994 to June 1997 were aged 13-24 years. Reducing rates of high-risk sexual and drug-using behaviors among teenagers and young adults should therefore continue to be an important primary HIV prevention priority. Data from 12 local and state health departments participating in the Supplement to HIV/AIDS Surveillance Project indicate that many HIV-infected adolescents and young adults continue having sexual intercourse without condoms and with multiple sex partners, although some adopt sexual risk reduction behavior after learning that they are infected. Additional information on World AIDS Day and AIDS and HIV infection in teenagers and young adults may be obtained from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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