Throughout its history, AIDS Healthcare Foundation has been committed to providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy regardless of the ability to pay. An important part of these efforts is educating and advocating for youth, both domestically and around the world.
In October 2016, AHF launched the Girls Act program in Africa, where young women ages 15 to 24 are disproportionately affected by the epidemic. The program has two main objectives: scale-up HIV/AIDS prevention services to curb new infections; and ensure that young people with HIV are enrolled and retained in continuous care. The Girls Act program embarked on a four country African tour and has continued domestically in Washington D.C., New York, Cleveland, Atlanta, and Los Angeles.
AHF also launched the Know Your Status Tour (KYST) in 2016. KYST is a multi-city, youth awareness campaign geared towards educating college students on the importance of safer sex, taking the proper precautions to avoid contracting STDs, and if already infected, how to be treated to continue living a productive life day to day. The tour hit colleges and universities across the nation and AHF plans on continuing this majorly successful program throughout the coming years.
The importance of spreading awareness, encouraging youth to get tested, and if infected, seek treatment is a top priority for AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Youth are the entrepreneurs and workers of tomorrow. Whether they are living with HIV or simply need further education on safer sex practices, AHF is committed to ensuring that young people have the opportunity to thrive.