The SPARK blogtour continues as we get closer and closer to the big event (the Summit is THIS Friday — have you registered?).

Today’s stop is Scarleteen, where 17-year-old activist Sade talks about her work with YWCHAC to address the increasing rates of HIV infection in young women of color ages 13-24. Sade has some eye-opening information to share, including the startling fact that black and Hispanic women represent 86% of NYC women living with HIV/AIDS.

Read on to learn more about the role of media messages in the fight against HIV, and how youth-led organizations can help.