Los Angeles Times Profiles St. Louis Residential Facility on ‘Front Line’ of HIV Epidemic Among Homeless Teenagers
The Los Angeles Times today profiles Dream House, a St. Louis "haven" for HIV-positive teenagers and teens at high risk for contracting HIV. According to the Times, the house -- which opened in May 2002 and is funded by federal grants and private funding -- is "on the front line of a growing social crisis," as 50% of all new HIV infections in the United States occur among individuals age 13 to 24. In addition, more than one million U.S. teenagers are homeless, and some engage in sex work to make money. According to the Times, approximately 5% to 12% of homeless teenagers in the United States are HIV-positive (Simon, Los Angeles Times, 3/28). The complete article is available online.This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.