Study: Teens Are Sexing; Not Getting #HIV Tested
HIV Video Minute with Josh Robbins asks who is to blame? Should we be ashamed as sexual educators and prevention messengers.
According to a new study out by the Journal of Adolescent Health, only 1 in 5 gay male teens are being tested for HIV.
And only half of the gay teens interviewed between the ages of 14-18 years old even knew where they could get screened for the virus. The study is based on about 300 teens recruited through social media that did telephone interviews and self-reported.
The CDC recommends annual HIV testing for everyone between the ages of 13 and 64, and more frequently for those at higher risk. (aka: gay teen males)
So, should we just lock up all the gay teens in chastity belts and tell them, “sorry about it” as a form of prevention? Or should we all be walking around with our heads held low because we have done a poor job even telling these young men where to go get free HIV tests? Or can we blame the government because of the decrease in available testing?
Watch: HIV Video Minute with Josh Robbins: Gay Male Teens Drop Bombshell on Prevention Strategy Effectiveness