Tell Them supports education programs that teach age appropriate, medically accurate HIV/STI prevention. We believe access to complete and accurate HIV/AIDS and sexual health information is a basic human right.
We support the decrease of STI rates among young people in South Carolina through medically accurate sexual health education, access to condoms, and access to regular testing.
- Half of all Americans will contract a sexually transmitted disease during their life.
- More than 65 million Americans have an STI.
- More than half of all new infections arise in 15- to 24-year-olds.
- South Carolina ranks 3rd out of 50 states in chlamydia and gonorrhea
- South Carolina is 9th in the nation for new AIDS case rates.
- Our state is one of the nation’s Top Ten HIV hot spots.
- South Carolina went from 3,642 AIDS cases in 1998 to 14,163 in 2008 — a 300 percent increase.
- AIDS is the third leading killer of women aged 25-34 in the United States, following only cancer and heart disease.
- Of women infected with HIV, 81 percent are African American or Hispanic.
- One in five reported new South Carolina HIV/AIDS cases in someone age 25 or younger.
- All sexually active individuals are at risk for contracting and transmitting HIV or other STIs.
We support the rights of all South Carolinians, male or female, to have knowledge about how to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS. This includes informing young people of the risks of contracting HIV and ensuring they have access to condoms and other methods of contraception.