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DHMH Press Releases : Youth Sexual Health - HIV Prevention Summit June 24th

Youth Sexual Health - HIV Prevention Summit to Be Held June 24, 2014, in Baltimore

BALTIMORE, MD (June 18, 2014) -The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Prevention and Health Promotion Administration (PHPA) Infectious Disease Bureau (IDB) joins the Baltimore City Health Department, the Family League of Baltimore and The After-School Institute in sponsoring the 2014 Youth Sexual Health - HIV Prevention Summit.
 
As of December 31, 2012, there were 29,477 Marylanders diagnosed and living with HIV or AIDS; of those individuals, 1,424 were youth ages 13-24.
 
“The health and well-being of all Marylanders, including young people who are at risk for HIV and AIDS, must be protected,” said Michelle Spencer, PHPA Director. “We encourage adolescents to begin talking about HIV prevention, to get tested for HIV and to seek treatment if they have the virus.”
 
The Youth Sexual Health - HIV Prevention Summit will be held on June 24, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Radisson at Cross Keys, 5100 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21201. This free program is targeted toward young people, peer educators, caregivers and youth program staff. Featured activities include a youth panel, counseling and testing services for HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), exhibits and educational workshops. Participants will have the opportunity to network and to learn about best practices in HIV and STI prevention and other issues that impact youth. The conference is free; however, registration is required. For registration information, call 410-580-0750 or email atillery@afterschoolinstitute.org.
 
To learn more about the After-School Institute, visit https://www.afterschoolinstitute.org. For information on Baltimore City Health Department related projects, visit http://www.knowwhatuwant.org. For information about HIV prevention, testing, treatment and support, visit http://phpa.dhmh.maryland.gov/OIDPCS/CHP/SitePages/Home.aspx.