Gay Youth’s New Burden

Special Series: HIV/AIDS epidemic’s resurgence among gay and bisexual youth

January-February 2013

This special three-part series explores new data on HIV infection rates and the work of local activists and prevention experts working to address HIV/AIDS issues on the local level. In part one, published on Jan. 4, we explore new data from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and some efforts by local organizations to address rising infection rates among young people. In parts two and three, to be published on Jan. 18 and Feb. 1, we will discuss the experiences of HIV-positive youth and explore how Mecklenburg County health officials and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are addressing the topic.

Part 1: Experts say stigma and silence to blame for youth HIV increases

Part 2: Mecklenburg health staffers target gay community for HIV outreach
Special Online-only Exclusive with comments from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools health officials to be published Monday, Feb. 4.

Part 3: To be published on March 1

[Ed. Note — Parts 2 and 3 were scheduled to be published on Jan. 18 and Feb. 1 but have been postponed. Part 2 is now published. Part 3 will be published on March 1.] 

Online-Only Exclusives

Jan. 18: Pastor, HIV educator: lessons of self-worth, healthy relationships key to prevention

Feb. 1: Special Online-only Exclusive with comments from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools health officials to be published Monday, March 1.

Facts and Figures

Our series cites on a number of studies and reports, primarily from The Center for Disease Control and Prevention. You can learn more about this data directly from the reports and studies, which we’ve linked to below. New links and resources will be added as they are used in our published stories.

Report: Estimated HIV Incidence in the United States, 2007–2010

Press Release: More than half of young HIV-infected Americans are not aware of their status
Report: HIV Infection, Testing, and Risk Behaviors Among Youths — United States

Data: Mecklenburg County HIV statistics

Last updated: Feb. 27, 2013, 9 a.m.