Adolescents, especially African-Americans and Latinos, are at increasing risk for HIV infection. Our own data show that over 30% of students are sexually active by the time they are approximately 14 years old. One in four new HIV infections is in persons younger than 22. Adolescents in Oakland, CA are particularly vulnerable to HIV. From 1980 to 1994 15% of all cases diagnosed in Alameda County (where Oakland is located) were 20-29 years old. Most of these young people were likely infected with HIV during junior high or high school. While comprising only 14% of Alameda County’s population, Oakland accounts for 57% of its AIDS cases.

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For more information on epidemiology and risk, check out the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s home page.

Last modified: February 7, 2011