Welcome!

News Feed Item

National Survey Finds U.S. Teens Don't Feel at Risk for HIV and AIDS and Signals Need for More Education

Feature Length Documentary About HIV/AIDS Impact on Youth Worldwide to Help Generate Awareness and Stem the Spread of HIV Among a Complacent Generation

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 07/25/14 -- Today, the MAC AIDS Fund, the heart and soul of MAC Cosmetics, released the results of a survey(1) conducted nationwide in the United States to explore teen behaviors, perceptions and awareness of HIV/AIDS. The findings are surprising from uncovering gaps in education and issues surrounding stigma to the fact that the majority of teens do not feel at risk for the disease. Because youths (ages 10-24) are the only population where AIDS death rates are still rising globally(2), the MAC AIDS Fund conducted this survey to garner insights leading up to the release of its upcoming HIV/AIDS documentary film, "It's Not Over," produced by award-winning filmmaker Andrew Jenks, designed to reach young people worldwide.

Completed in June 2014 by Kelton Research, the results of the MAC AIDS Fund survey show that nearly nine in ten (88%) American teens believe they are not at risk of contracting HIV or AIDS in their lifetime. Nearly all teens (93%) admit that they would be nervous to find out they had HIV or AIDS, but when asked which type of behavior would put their health at risk, less than one third of teens (31%) say this is true of having unprotected sex.

These results are alarming because nearly half (46.8%) of U.S. high-school students have had sexual intercourse and about half of those students used a condom (59.1%), based on a 2013 CDC report on youth risk behavior. Moreover, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly half of the 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases each year are accounted for by young people ages 15-to 24-years-old.

"The MAC AIDS Fund believes that the end of AIDS is possible, but to do so, it is critical that we reach and educate a younger generation that has grown complacent with the disease," said Nancy Mahon, Global Executive Director, MAC AIDS Fund. "Through this survey and our new documentary, we hope to make HIV/AIDS part of the mainstream conversation so that youth globally become more aware of the disease and stop the spread of the epidemic."

In addition to understanding the disease, education could help minimize the stigma that exists for American teens. When putting themselves in the shoes of someone with HIV or AIDS, one in two teens worries that others would be afraid of them (50%) or not want to be their friend (47%). Most admit they would keep their HIV status a secret, not telling friends (89%) or a teacher, mentor or counselor (81%), and one third (33%) would not tell anyone at all. These concerns may stem from teens' own feelings and impressions about those living with HIV or AIDS. In fact, if a close friend or classmate contracted HIV, less than four in ten would want to spend time with this person (35%) or talk to them to make them feel better (37%). In fact, only one half (51%) admit that they would treat this person normally.

In the U.S., nearly two-thirds of teens (71%) have talked about HIV or AIDS with someone in their lives, with parents (60%) and teachers (43%) being the most common sources. However, when it comes to getting accurate information, only a quarter of teens (25%) think their teacher provides accurate information, citing a doctor or nurse (59%) as the most trusted source. Not surprisingly, those who have discussed HIV or AIDS in their lifetime are more knowledgeable than those who have not, understanding HIV is a virus (65% vs. 53%) and realizing they could be at risk in their lives (13% vs. 8%). Moreover, teens who have talked about the disease are more likely to understand the major risk factors, such as not sharing needles (71% vs. 62%) and having unprotected sex (34% vs. 24%).

These results signal an urgent need for more comprehensive education among U.S. teens both at school and home. The MAC AIDS Fund hopes to reopen an important dialogue around HIV/AIDS through a new feature length documentary "It's Not Over" that will tell authentic, personal stories of young people from around the world whose lives are affected by HIV/AIDS. Set to release this fall, the documentary characterizes HIV in a completely new way and aims to serve as a wakeup call to teens globally, translating entertainment into education and apathy into action.

ABOUT THE MAC AIDS FUND
The MAC AIDS Fund, the heart and soul of MAC Cosmetics, was established in 1994 to support men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS globally. MAF is a pioneer in HIV/AIDS funding, providing financial support to organizations working with underserved regions and populations. Recently recognized by Funders Concerned About AIDS as the top corporate giver in the arena and the number one philanthropic funder of domestic U.S. HIV/AIDS work, MAF is committed to addressing the link between poverty and HIV/AIDS by supporting diverse organizations around the world that provide a wide range of services to people living with HIV/AIDS. To date, MAF has raised more than $315 million (U.S.) exclusively through the sale of MAC's VIVA GLAM Lipstick and Lipglass donating 100 percent of the sale price to fight HIV/AIDS. For more information, visit www.macaidsfund.org.

About the Survey
The MAC AIDS Fund U.S. teen survey was conducted by Kelton Research from May 22 to June 5, 2014 among 1,039 nationally representative American teens ages 12-17, using an email invitation and an online survey. The results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. For this particular study, the chances are 95 to 100 that the survey results does not vary, plus or minus, but more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample. The margin of error for any subgroups will be slightly higher.

(1) A national survey among 1,039 young people ages 12-17 years old in the United States
(2) UNAIDS 2012

PDF Attachment Available: http://media.marketwire.com/attachments/201407/77741_MACAIDSFundUSTeenSurvey-HeadlineHighlights.pdf

Attachment Available: http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/frame_mw?attachid=2645100

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that Interoute, owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 12 data centers, 14 virtual data centers and 31 colocation centers, with connections to 195 add...
The Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), which enables organizations to seamlessly run in a hybrid cloud model (public + private cloud), is here to stay. IDC estimates that the software-defined networking market will be valued at $3.7 billion by 2016. Security is a key component and benefit of the SDDC, and offers an opportunity to build security 'from the ground up' and weave it into the environment from day one. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Reuven Harrison, CTO and Co-Founder of Tufin, ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that T-Mobile will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc., is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The Company's advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to 67.4 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that HTBase will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. HTBase (Gartner 2016 Cool Vendor) delivers a Composable IT infrastructure solution architected for agility and increased efficiency. It turns compute, storage, and fabric into fluid pools of resources that are easily composed and re-composed to meet each application’s needs. With HTBase, companies can quickly prov...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Infranics will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Since 2000, Infranics has developed SysMaster Suite, which is required for the stable and efficient management of ICT infrastructure. The ICT management solution developed and provided by Infranics continues to add intelligence to the ICT infrastructure through the IMC (Infra Management Cycle) based on mathemat...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloudistics, an on-premises cloud computing company, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Cloudistics delivers a complete public cloud experience with composable on-premises infrastructures to medium and large enterprises. Its software-defined technology natively converges network, storage, compute, virtualization, and management into a ...
There are 66 million network cameras capturing terabytes of data. How did factories in Japan improve physical security at the facilities and improve employee productivity? Edge Computing reduces possible kilobytes of data collected per second to only a few kilobytes of data transmitted to the public cloud every day. Data is aggregated and analyzed close to sensors so only intelligent results need to be transmitted to the cloud. Non-essential data is recycled to optimize storage.
Building custom add-ons does not need to be limited to the ideas you see on a marketplace. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Sukhbir Dhillon, CEO and founder of Addteq, will go over some adventures they faced in developing integrations using Atlassian SDK and other technologies/platforms and how it has enabled development teams to experiment with newer paradigms like Serverless and newer features of Atlassian SDKs. In this presentation, you will be taken on a journey of Add-On and Integration ...
"I think that everyone recognizes that for IoT to really realize its full potential and value that it is about creating ecosystems and marketplaces and that no single vendor is able to support what is required," explained Esmeralda Swartz, VP, Marketing Enterprise and Cloud at Ericsson, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Interoute has announced the integration of its Global Cloud Infrastructure platform with Rancher Labs’ container management platform, Rancher. This approach enables enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation and infrastructure investments. Matthew Finnie, Interoute CTO commented “Enterprises developing and building apps in the cloud and those on a path to Digital Transformation need Digital ICT Infrastructure that allows them to build, test and deploy faster than ever before. The int...
The essence of cloud computing is that all consumable IT resources are delivered as services. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Yung Chou, Technology Evangelist at Microsoft, demonstrated the concepts and implementations of two important cloud computing deliveries: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). He discussed from business and technical viewpoints what exactly they are, why we care, how they are different and in what ways, and the strategies for IT to transi...
Culture is the most important ingredient of DevOps. The challenge for most organizations is defining and communicating a vision of beneficial DevOps culture for their organizations, and then facilitating the changes needed to achieve that. Often this comes down to an ability to provide true leadership. As a CIO, are your direct reports IT managers or are they IT leaders? The hard truth is that many IT managers have risen through the ranks based on their technical skills, not their leadership abi...
Without a clear strategy for cost control and an architecture designed with cloud services in mind, costs and operational performance can quickly get out of control. To avoid multiple architectural redesigns requires extensive thought and planning. Boundary (now part of BMC) launched a new public-facing multi-tenant high resolution monitoring service on Amazon AWS two years ago, facing challenges and learning best practices in the early days of the new service.
Niagara Networks exhibited at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which took place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, in November 2016. Niagara Networks offers the highest port-density systems, and the most complete Next-Generation Network Visibility systems including Network Packet Brokers, Bypass Switches, and Network TAPs.
All organizations that did not originate this moment have a pre-existing culture as well as legacy technology and processes that can be more or less amenable to DevOps implementation. That organizational culture is influenced by the personalities and management styles of Executive Management, the wider culture in which the organization is situated, and the personalities of key team members at all levels of the organization. This culture and entrenched interests usually throw a wrench in the work...