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America's AIDS rates show youth at highest risk

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The Centers for Disease Control report higher rates of AIDS in young people, but here in the panhandle we're seeing a different trend.

The C.D.C's new report shows more than a quarter of new U.S. infections are in people ages 13 to 24.

The report also revealed 60% of those young people don't even know they have the disease.

Jill Young, a Case Manager with the Nebraska AIDS Project says here in Nebraska we're not seeing a huge spike in younger infections.

Young says in the panhandle people tend to come in for care later in life, and a lot of people aren't getting tested.

"I think one of them is that sort of idea, that this is an epidemic of the past, and that it's over and they don't have to worry so much about it. I think that's unfortunate because we do know that the majority of folks are infected between age 25 and 45," Young said.

Young says it's important for all young people to be aware of the disease as well as get tested during their routine physical.

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