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We are still battling an epidemic, here and across the globe. HIV and AIDS still has no cure and continues to leave motherless children, childless mothers and shattered families. Here, the CDC just released new research and although some numbers are flattening, our youth are in crisis. So what are you going to do this Saturday? I have a few ideas.

1) Blog, tweet, share about HIV and AIDS. Connect to testing resources, talk about safe sex or pose a question and request comments.

2) Get tested. If you don’t know your status, you’re part of the problem.

3) Get educated. Thete is still too much misinformation out there. If you’re ignorant about the facts, you’re part of the problem.

4) Talk about it. At school, at church, at home. I get it- it’s hard and uncomfortable. Guess what’s harder? Losing a loved one or having an altered quality of life.

5) Avoid risky behavior. Know your syatus, have safe sex, no sharing needles, be careful at the tattoo parlor!!! [Although you get a new disposable needle, blood can be present in the gun and ink; the virus can survive if not exposed to air and at room temp.]

6) Protect yourself and loved ones. If you do all of the above, this one is automatic.

Resources:
www.aids.gov
www.youthaids.org
www.hivaidsresource.org
CDC.gov

 

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World AIDS Day 2011

What’s being done stateside to combat and prevent AIDS, including activities for World AIDS Day.

Know your HIV status? Text: Your Zip Code to KnowIT or 566948 to find HIV test centers near you www.hivtest.orgIf you do nothing else today, get tested to know your status.

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2011 in Education, Health, Politics, women, Youth

 

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