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

Media Contact:
Andrew Pray
[email protected]
415-238-3135

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
Infoblox delivers Actionable Network Intelligence to enterprise, government, and service provider customers around the world. They are the industry leader in DNS, DHCP, and IP address management, the category known as DDI. We empower thousands of organizations to control and secure their networks from the core-enabling them to increase efficiency and visibility, improve customer service, and meet compliance requirements.
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Michael Burley, a Senior Business Development Executive in IT Services at NetApp, will describe how NetApp designed a three-year program of work to migrate 25PB of a major telco's enterprise data to a new STaaS platform, and then secured a long-term contract to manage and operate the platform. This significant program blended the best of NetApp’s solutions and services capabilities to enable this telco’s successful adoption of private cloud storage and launchi...
Data scientists must access high-performance computing resources across a wide-area network. To achieve cloud-based HPC visualization, researchers must transfer datasets and visualization results efficiently. HPC clusters now compute GPU-accelerated visualization in the cloud cluster. To efficiently display results remotely, a high-performance, low-latency protocol transfers the display from the cluster to a remote desktop. Further, tools to easily mount remote datasets and efficiently transfer...
SYS-CON Events announced today that IBM has been named “Diamond Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st Cloud Expo, which will take place on October 31 through November 2nd 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.
Cloud Expo, Inc. has announced today that Andi Mann and Aruna Ravichandran have been named Co-Chairs of @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley which will take place Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. "DevOps is at the intersection of technology and business-optimizing tools, organizations and processes to bring measurable improvements in productivity and profitability," said Aruna Ravichandran, vice president, DevOps product and solutions marketing...
Join IBM November 1 at 21st Cloud Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, and learn how IBM Watson can bring cognitive services and AI to intelligent, unmanned systems. Cognitive analysis impacts today’s systems with unparalleled ability that were previously available only to manned, back-end operations. Thanks to cloud processing, IBM Watson can bring cognitive services and AI to intelligent, unmanned systems. Imagine a robot vacuum that becomes your personal assistant tha...
In his Opening Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, John Considine, General Manager of IBM Cloud Infrastructure, will lead you through the exciting evolution of the cloud. He'll look at this major disruption from the perspective of technology, business models, and what this means for enterprises of all sizes. John Considine is General Manager of Cloud Infrastructure Services at IBM. In that role he is responsible for leading IBM’s public cloud infrastructure including strategy, development, and offering ...
In a recent survey, Sumo Logic surveyed 1,500 customers who employ cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). According to the survey, a quarter of the respondents have already deployed Docker containers and nearly as many (23 percent) are employing the AWS Lambda serverless computing framework. It’s clear: serverless is here to stay. The adoption does come with some needed changes, within both application development and operations. Tha...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Avere delivers a more modern architectural approach to storage that doesn't require the overprovisioning of storage capacity to achieve performance, overspending on expensive storage media for inactive data or the overbui...
In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Dumas, Calligo’s Vice President and G.M. of US operations, will go over the new Global Data Protection Regulation and how Calligo can help business stay compliant in digitally globalized world. Greg Dumas is Calligo's Vice President and G.M. of US operations. Calligo is an established service provider that provides an innovative platform for trusted cloud solutions. Calligo’s customers are typically most concerned about GDPR compliance, applicatio...
Widespread fragmentation is stalling the growth of the IIoT and making it difficult for partners to work together. The number of software platforms, apps, hardware and connectivity standards is creating paralysis among businesses that are afraid of being locked into a solution. EdgeX Foundry is unifying the community around a common IoT edge framework and an ecosystem of interoperable components.
SYS-CON Events announced today that N3N will exhibit at SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. N3N’s solutions increase the effectiveness of operations and control centers, increase the value of IoT investments, and facilitate real-time operational decision making. N3N enables operations teams with a four dimensional digital “big board” that consolidates real-time live video feeds alongside IoT sensor data a...
SYS-CON Events announced today that TidalScale will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. TidalScale is the leading provider of Software-Defined Servers that bring flexibility to modern data centers by right-sizing servers on the fly to fit any data set or workload. TidalScale’s award-winning inverse hypervisor technology combines multiple commodity servers (including their ass...
As hybrid cloud becomes the de-facto standard mode of operation for most enterprises, new challenges arise on how to efficiently and economically share data across environments. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Dr. Allon Cohen, VP of Product at Elastifile, will explore new techniques and best practices that help enterprise IT benefit from the advantages of hybrid cloud environments by enabling data availability for both legacy enterprise and cloud-native mission critical applications. By rev...
Companies are harnessing data in ways we once associated with science fiction. Analysts have access to a plethora of visualization and reporting tools, but considering the vast amount of data businesses collect and limitations of CPUs, end users are forced to design their structures and systems with limitations. Until now. As the cloud toolkit to analyze data has evolved, GPUs have stepped in to massively parallel SQL, visualization and machine learning.