We are excited to present you with the Spring 2012 issue of the JSNMA. The theme of this issue is, Targeting Youth to Improve Sexual Health Outcomes a topic that is dear to the heart of the publications committee. With the harrowing numbers of youth in our community affected by STI’s, we felt it necessary to highlight the efforts of many to inform and empower youth regarding sexual health. Also in this issue is a section specifically for our MAPS members, a dedicated body of premedical students that are an intrinsic part of our SNMA membership. Last, this issue features some of our SNMA regions exciting activities from this past year in the regional reports.
In its various forms and methods, the goal of contraception is to assist with planning when to have children. However, navigating through which method is best for each particular situation can be challenging. Our nation’s culture has made it somewhat uncomfortable to talk about sex. On the road to overall health, we cannot avoid talking about sexual health.
1 in 5…. 1 in 5 people in the United States have HIV and do not know their status. AIDS is now the 3rd leading cause of death among black women ages 35-44 and currently 1 in 110 people in the world is infected with HIV.
An article on AIDS Prevention through youth activism by Jonathan Baston
By Gene Valentine: A poem about lost love and HIV disclosure