September 25, 2017

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National HIV Testing Day | Resources for You and Your Teens

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is June 27. First established in 2005 by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, NHTD seeks to bring attention to thNHTD postere importance of HIV testing, and through its website, make resources readily available to those who are looking for testing locations, disease facts, and more.

How big of a problem are STDs for U.S. youth? The Center for Disease Control statistics show that current STD prevention tools aren’t working. Young adults ages 15-24 make up just over one-quarter of the sexually active population, but account for half of the 20 million STDs a year (CDC). Forty-seven percent of high school students have had sexual intercourse (CDC). Only 13% of high school students have been tested for HIV (CDC). The National HIV/AIDS Strategy recommends educating youth about HIV before they engage in sexual activities. About 1 in 3 sexually active high school students did not use a condom the last time they had sexual intercourse. Approximately 60% of adolescents aged 15-19 have not had a conversation about HIV prevention with their parents.

In related news,, an HIV/STD prevention technology and the first sex education tool of its kind, was recently released. is a free app which helps students learn how to find a teen-friendly place to get tested, access their results online, and then confidentially share their status, if they choose. has been made available to health teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), providing a resource they can share with students in grades 7-12. Twelve year olds can get tested for a sexually transmitted disease (STD) and receive results without a parent’s consent in some states.

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Day of Dialog | Brooklyn
Coinciding with Brooklyn Book Festival, this special-engagement event on September 15 will feature both Festival and metropolitan-area authors with panels modeled on Library Journal and School Library Journal’s long-running and annually sold-out Day of Dialog events. Get the inside scoop on the hottest new books—plus book giveaways and author signings!
Resistance: Children’s Books in Troubled Times
Join the Horn Book in Boston, MA on October 7th to celebrate the 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners and honor books with the annual Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium. The day includes talks, panel discussions, and small-group sessions which will examine critical issues relevant to children’s and young adult literature. Plus, registration includes admittance to the awards ceremony on Friday, October 6th!