SPRINGFIELD — Illinois HIV Care Connect introduced the Y.O.U.T.H. Quiz on Tuesday.
The organization said in a press release that Y.O.U.T.H. stands for Youth Overcoming Undetected and Treatable HIV. “Youth aged 13 to 24 make up 21 percent of new HIV diagnoses in the United States,” said Jeffery Erdman of Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA). “Most of these diagnoses are transmitted by male-to-male sexual contact among people of color.”
The confidential quiz is part of Illinois HIV Care Connect’s HIV and Youth Campaign, which is designed to help Illinois youth to understand how HIV is transmitted from one person to another and how the virus can be successfully treated with medications and staying in care. There are versions for those living with HIV and those who aren’t. Everyone who takes the quiz will have a chance to win a $25 gift card.
Youth living with HIV are less likely than older individuals living with HIV to be linked to care in a timely manner and to achieve viral suppression through successful HIV treatment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Illinois HIV Care Connect is promoting the quiz on its website (hivcareconnect.com) and on its Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest social media platforms through the use of downloadable images depicting youth in various Illinois locations.