ABORIGINAL YOUTH ENVISION HEALTHY FUTURES!
HOW IS HIV AND AIDS AFFECTING ABORIGINAL YOUTH?
– Almost half (48%) of the Aboriginal population is made up of children and youth aged 24 and under, compared to 31% of the non-Aboriginal population.
– Between 1998 and 2006, almost 1/3 (32.4%) of Aboriginal people who receive an HIV diagnosis are under the age of 30, compared to 21% of HIV-positive tests among non-Aboriginal persons in the same age group.
– First Nations youth aged 0 to 29 years made up 20.6% of reported AIDS cases among First Nations people. Among Inuit and Métis population, 31.8% of reported AIDS cases were reported to be Inuit and Métis youth.
– From 2001 to 2008 infants of Aboriginal ethnicity constituted 19.3% of the 83 cases of infants perinatally HIV-exposed and confirmed to be infected with HIV Public
Health Agency of Canada, Population-specific hiv/aids status report: aborignialpeoples, 2010
Aboriginal Youth + strategies & Awareness + community
ABORIGINAL YOUTH BENEFIT FROM COMMUNITY NETWORKS TO:
– Support Aboriginal Peoples Living with HIV and AIDS;
– Prevent HIV and AIDS by promoting the human right of Aboriginal youth to learn and talk about HIV and AIDS, healthy sexuality, care, treatment and support;
– Create space, facilitation and support for Aboriginal youth to have significant and meaningful involvement in reducing HIV and AIDS related disparities;
– PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ABORIGINAL YOUTH TO design and implement HIV and AIDS education, policy, programming;
– Encourage positive outcomes for Aboriginal youth in accessing health care by providing information, resources and education about HIV and AIDS;
– Eliminate stigma and discrimination about HIV and AIDS THROUGH AWARENESS; and,
– Respond to the diversity of Aboriginal youth voices through culturally relevant, youth-sensitive, harm reduction based approaches to HIV and AIDS prevention.
National aboriginal youth strategy on HIV and AIDS in Canada for First Nations, Inuit & Métis youth from 2010 to 2015, Canadian aboriginal aids network, 2010 at 11.