CDC: More Young People Getting Tested for HIV

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Nearly one-fifth of teens and younger adults have been tested recently for HIV – the virus that causes AIDS.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report states more than one million Americans ages 13 and older had HIV in 2011, but one in seven of them did not know their infection status.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 10,000 men and women between 15 and 54 who took part in a national survey of family growth.

Nineteen percent had undergone HIV testing in the past year up from 17 percent from the last two surveys.

Overall, females were more likely than males to be tested in the past year and African Americans were more likely to be tested than any other race.

Education had little to do with being tested, as women with a high school diploma or less were the most likely to be tested.

Among men, education had only a little effect.
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More than eight out of ten U.S. teens turn to the internet for health information.

Just under one-third have changed their health behaviors based on what they have found online.

Northwestern University researchers surveyed nearly 1,200 U.S. teens in late 2014 and early this year.

The online survey asked how teens seek out, receive and assess health information.

They found teens following online advice sampled healthier foods, tried exercising when depressed, and reduced the amount of soda they drank.

But the internet still ranked fourth behind parents, school health classes and health care professionals in terms of where teens get their information.

Health experts say the study should reassure parents their teens are using the internet to learn how to be healthier.

But parents need to have off-line conversations about sex, body image, health, beauty and Photoshop with their teens.
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People who spend most of their day at their desk should make a point to stand up for at least two hours during their workday in order to avoid the negative health effect of too much sitting.

The report commissioned by two British organizations made their recommendations based on an analysis of research that links prolonged periods spent seated with an increased risk of serious illness and death.

They say while their work does not prove sitting too long has adverse health effects, they believe standing could be the first “behavioral” step to getting towards getting people up and moving more frequently.

Study authors say these on-the-job adjustments are in order since the evidence to date shows more and more evidence about rising chronic diseases and prolonged sitting.

 

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