Healthy Lives

Threats to the health and mental health of DC’s young people abound. Washington, DC has the highest HIV infection rate of any city in the United States. New infection rates are highest among young people and people of color. Other sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia, are pronounced among DC’s youth. Risky sexual activity and widespread substance abuse contribute to these and other serious health risks among DC’s youth. Low condom use, unreliable sex education, and an attitude of hopelessness lead to high teen pregnancy rates.

Comprehensive youth development services are proven to reduce teen pregnancy and risky behaviors. If young people are educated about their health and have safe and interesting ways to spend their out-of-school time, they are less likely to engage in dangerous and unhealthy behavior.

Several Sasha Bruce Youthwork programs provide health education, prevention, and treatment options for young people.

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