Do You Know Your Status?

Today is the first day of December and if you didn’t know that means it’s World AIDS Day.  AIDS is the leading cause of death among African American woman ages 25-34 and the leading cause of death in Africa.  Almost 3 million new HIV cases reported last year and 2 million HIV related deaths worldwide.  If you’ve been sexually active I highly recommend you going to get tested even if you’ve used condoms.  I got tested back in September at a program my school had and it was a scary thing and by far the longest 20 minutes of my life.  I know fear is one of the main reasons why some people don’t get tested, but it’s even scarier not knowing your status and the possibility that you can infect someone else.  If you’re in a relationship with someone take them with you to get tested at your local health clinic where I believe the cost is absolutely nothing.  If your partner won’t get tested my message to you is perhaps you shouldn’t be having sex.  If you’re in college head down to your school’s health center.  My school’s health center charges a fee, but it’s well worth.  Also make sure you wear condoms.  If you’re afraid to buy them at the store you can get them at health clinics and your school’s health center for free at most places.   If you’re afraid to get condoms at either of these places once again my message is perhaps you shouldn’t be having sex.

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