STDs and HIV among Philadelphia’s Teens

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Rates of STDs and HIV infections have increased dramatically among Philadelphia’s teens and young adults.  Risk of Chlamydia among 10-14-year-olds is five times the national average.  New HIV infections are up 40% over the past three years.  To combat these disturbing trends, Mayor Nutter and the Philadelphia Public Health Department have launched a new initiative that uses free condoms – in fact, the Philadelphia designed Freedom Condom — to encourage teens to have safe sex.  The campaign includes a new website, “Teens Take Control,” which addition to information on STDs, also allows people to have condoms mailed to them for free.  There’s also a smartphone application that locates the nearest free condom distribution site.  Today we’ll talk about the city’s new STD prevention campaign and look at what’s behind the rising rates of infection among Philadelphia’s teens.  Our guests are JILL FOSTER, Director of the Dorothy Mann Center for Pediatric and Adolescent HIV at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, GARY BELL, Executive Director of Bebashi and ELICIA GONZALES, the Executive Director of GALAEI.

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