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imgrestomorrow is National HIV Testing Day

make sure you know your status!

here is a repost from a blog that was written by myself and the APA BET Partnership Youth Advisory Board.   be a part of the movement and share some HIV/AIDS facts with your friends….

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Today is National HIV testing day and several communities are having events and special programs to get people tested.   I encourage anyone who is sexually active or has used needles that may not be clean to get tested.  But the thing I’ve heard the most when I speak to girls is they have already been tested, so ‘they’re good’.  NOT SO. 

The HIV test is not a vaccine.  You don’t take it and it cures you from ever getting the virus.   It’s important to know your HIV status not just for once upon a time but to know what your situation is now.  So go ahead and test today but mark your calendar for the next day you plan to get checked again.  

If you have never had an HIV test, it’s easy to find a place near you www.hivtest.org.  The test is simple and there are home tests you can get at your local pharmacy.  

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in my research with young men, every single man that we surveyed who is sexually active mentioned that they are having sex with more than one person. they had a main girl (or several mains) and then shorties.  most of them did not use condoms with their girlfriend/main partner. they all said they would never dare tell their girlfriends about their other partners…and we wonder why there is still HIV?  

each year we take time out to acknowledge those who have been affected and impacted by HIV/AIDS.  i’ve been working in the world of HIV prevention for 15 years.   i’ve met the most courageous men and women who have lived with the virus. they are super strong and keep me going in what is more than becoming an uphill battle.   

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you see many people think that HIV/AIDS is no longer an issue.  they are SO WRONG.

they haven’t heard the countless stories i’ve been told by HIV testing counselors of having to disclose a diagnosis to person after person. HIV is still very prevalent, especially among teens/young adults.

SO what’s the deal ladies? why are you still allowing yourself to be played?   you don’t know who he has been with and you certainly don’t know his status.  so why would you say yes.    if he’s not down with it, he really doesn’t love you.  you are so much more.  

He is NOT worth it….

Say No to sex 

or

Use a condom 

And

Get Tested for HIV and other STDs

For more info about HIV and how to get tested visit

http://aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/

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today, June 27th, is National HIV Testing Day.  the theme this year is

take charge, take the test.

i get asked all the time, ‘is HIV still an issue?’ and the answer is YES;

especially for young women of color.  

you can’t just sit around thinking you’re okay if you don’t know for sure what your status is.

if you took an HIV test a year ago but you have had unprotected sex, you don’t know for sure what has happened since you last took the test.

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to find out where to get tested plug in a zip code here

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black aids awareness day

Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

sometimes i feel like a broken record

each year encouraging our communities to pay attention to HIV/AIDS

each year it seems to get harder to get folks to listen

each year the rates keep rising

for African Americans that is…

especially African American youth

please take the time to think about what you have been doing 

better yet think about what your partners could be doing

without your knowledge

get tested for hiv and other sexually transmitted infections

remember the tests do not prevent you from getting something

so you’ve gotta

abstain from sex

that mean NO to all types of sex

or

protect yourself by using condoms

make sure to learn how to use and dispose of one properly

 

if it sounds like i am preaching that’s because I AM!

we have to keep focused until the number of new infections

get down to ZERO


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