WHEREAS, young people in every nation, of every race and ethnicity, and at every income level, are living with HIV; and
WHEREAS, total sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination, and violence; and
WHEREAS, the Virginia Department of Health is educating and engaging with residents in order to achieve its vision of becoming the healthiest state in the nation; and
WHEREAS, in 2017, Virginia saw 41,357 new cases of Chlamydia, 12,137 new cases of Gonorrhea, and 881 new cases of HIV; and
WHEREAS, every young person has the right to the tools and information they need to prevent HIV; and
WHEREAS, to achieve an AIDS-free generation, we must prioritize youth leadership and development in order to ensure youth involvement in decisions that impact their health and well-being, as well as advance a pipeline for the next generation of HIV/AIDS doctors, advocates, educators, researchers, and other professionals; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia should have a day dedicated to the access of comprehensive education and local HIV/AIDS care and prevention resources;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize April 10, 2019, as NATIONAL YOUTH HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.