HIV affects all of us, including our spouses, our partners and our children.
Did you know that over half the 60 million people who have been infected with HIV in the past 20 years were between the ages of 15 and 24? Today, nearly 12 million young people are living with HIV.
Speaking about and learning about HIV/AIDS is important for all of our family members and partners, including our teenage children. Most people in their early twenties who are living with AIDS were infected with HIV as teens. Teens are often confronted by the complexities of peer pressure, alcohol and drug use, sexual activity, and self-respect that make them especially vulnerable.
Of course, if we are giving care to a family member or friend living with HIV, we should also make sure that we are doing so in the best possible way.
It is vitally important that our family be educated about HIV and AIDS.