It COULD Happen to You
Most of us don't think we're personally at risk for HIV. We're young, we know our circle of friends, life is good. But, one-third of all new HIV infections in the United States each year happen to people between the ages of 13-29. That means at least two teenagers and young adults in this country are infected with HIV EVERY HOUR OF EVERY DAY. Over the next hour, as you look at the people you pass on campus or see at workor in a club, maybe you should wonder, "will it be you?" Then take a look in the mirror and ask yourself, "could it be me?" December 1 is World AIDS Day. It is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. But it should also be a time to wake up to the fact that none of us is immune from becoming infected and to take a hard look at how we might be putting ourselves at risk. You can learn more about how to prevent becoming infected by checking out the HIV/AIDS section of this website and by watching our video "A Life Changing Thing."
Only by taking precautions and protecting ourselves can we really breathe a sigh of relief every hour of every day knowing we won't become part of the statistics.