Yesterday was World AIDS Day, and according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), more can be done to prevent HIV in teenagers. In a policy statement, the AAP advocates for 16 to 18-year-old teens who live in an area where more than 0.1% of the population is HIV positive should be tested routinely for HIV. Psychological scientist Anthony Lemieux agrees. In this interview, she explains why it’s a good idea for teens to get tested.
For more about preventing and living with HIV/AIDS, read research from Psychological Science explaining why in-depth HIV education is more effective than simply teaching people facts about HIV and how people with HIV/AIDS perceive prejudice in their communities.