According to the government’s Office of Adolescent Health, adolescents who have sex early are less likely to use protection, putting them at a greater risk of pregnancy and STDs.
For the last few years we’ve been watching with alarm the rising rates of HIV infections here in the South. Back in the 1980s, AIDS was an urban issue, impacting places like New York City and Los Angeles. Today, the epicenter of the HIV epidemic has shifted to the South, including South Carolina and the greater Charleston region.
By the time the HIV/AIDS epidemic came to national consciousness in the 1980s, thousands of gay men were already infected and thousands more had already lost their lives. Let’s pause to re-visit the history of HIV/AIDS in America, paying homage to the generation of brothers, husbands, lovers, friends, artists, thinkers, and loved ones that we lost to this epidemic.