Youth peer educators on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention in Illinois. "We can be the generation to stamp out AIDS".
"We can be the generation to stamp out AIDS".
BASUAH stands for Brothers And Sisters United Against HIV/AIDS, and is a program of the Illinois Department of Public Health. BASUAH has over 2000 BASUAH Ambassadors around the state, trained as peer educators. To learn more about the program visit http://www.basuah.org/.
This summer has been a filled with community outreach, education, and good laughs for BASUAH! The 2014 BASUAH Summer Enrichment Program Ambassadors have been very busy as 15 new and returning ambassadors debunked stereotypes, stigma, and perceived barriers in the Springfield community. These ambassadors learned how to better serve the community as well as participated and produced several events this summer that enhanced the mission of the BASUHA Communities of Color Initiative. In addition to learning, Summer Enrichment ambassadors worked throughout the springfield community, developing gardens, mentoring to elementary and pre-school students, coaching sport and assisting with Public Health awareness events.
to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, in 2011, women and
adolescent girls (aged 13 and older) accounted for 21% of the estimated 49,273
new diagnoses of HIV infection in the United States. Black, Hispanic/Latino,
and white women represented 97% (9,901) of estimated new diagnoses of HIV
infection among all women in 2011. Among a total of 10,270 new HIV diagnoses
among women and adolescent girls, 86% of HIV infections were attributed to
heterosexual contact and 14% to injection drug use. Overall, CDC estimates that
279,100 women and adolescent girls were living with HIV at the end of 2009 and
that 15% of those did not know that they were infected. This means they are not
getting life-saving treatment or taking steps to protect their partners.