Every year, February 7 marks the day for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. What does this mean to you? Did you know that Blacks are only 12% of the population but account for 44% of new HIV infections and 44% of people living with HIV?
If you learned something just now then we are already on the right track with this blog post. The point of having a day specific to Black HIV/AIDS awareness is to educate, encourage testing, increase the number of Blacks getting involved locally, and getting newly diagnosed folks into treatment. These things are important to decrease the burden of HIV on the Black community.
Currently, Black men represent one third of all new HIV infections in the US. Black women account for nearly two thirds of all new infections among women. At this rate, at some point in their lives, approximately 1 in 16 black men will be diagnosed with HIV, as will 1 in 32 black women.
There are four complex factors that can increase risks for Blacks.
In case you need a reminder, here are some ways to protect yourself.
December 1st is World Aids Day so this blog post was written with the intention to encourage HIV testing and condom use. I advocate for HIV prevention because I am aware of how it changes lives. Below is the story of a woman who never thought she would be a spokesperson for HIV prevention until she was diagnosed with the disease at the tender age of 19 years old.
Marvelyn Brown is a 29- year old Black motivational speaker, advocate, author and a CEO from Tennessee. At the young age of 19 years of she was diagnosed with HIV. Since learning about her diagnosis she has chosen to live and not let HIV be a death sentence however, coming to this decision was challenging.
She wrote an autobiography called The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful and (HIV) Positive. This book talks about her journey as a teen finding out she had HIV and how she survived it. She also discusses the challenges she faced and how she overcame those challenges. Not only did she have trouble accepting her diagnosis but her family struggled as well. As of today, Marvelyn Brown has made numerous appearances world-wide sharing her story and being an advocate for safe sex. She is currently the CEO and an Independent HIV Consultant for, Marvelous Connections, which she founded in 2006.
Brown now has an online boutique called, MARVSPIRATIONAL, with some of her own inspirational quotes. Marvelous Connections is a global HIV consulting organization. They are one of the trusted and respected advisors when it comes to reducing stigma, tackling HIV infection rates, raising HIV awareness and HIV education.
Figure out what motivates you to take control of your life. Go on your own or grab a friend to utilize some of the available resources to prevent HIV.
With people relying so heavily on technology these days, it was only a matter of time until sex came into picture. Sex can literally come into the picture with the act of sexting. Sexting is when people send sexually explicit message or photos via email, text message etc. About 33% of of people between ages 18-24 years old have been involved in some form of nude sexting. As with most sexual activities there are pros and cons. We will start with the negative so that you can have something to look forward to.
A positive light is generally not shed on sexting in the media. This may be because there are some risks associated with it. It is very easy for someone to use explicit photos or messages against you or to show messages that you thought would be private. Reputations can be affected and this could cause an emotional roller-coaster that you didn’t sign up for.
However, sexting could go in the completely opposite direction. It could be that you decide to sext on cold winter night to enhance your relationship. The anticipation builds as the conversation becomes more and more passionate. You look forward to these hot and heavy sext messages because they keep things fresh and interesting. You may use sexting as an alternative to physical sex or just as something to fill the time when you and you partner are apart.
Either way it should be a decision that you have thought about…a decision where you weighed the potential risks and the benefits.
If you decide to go with it, sexting has some rules according to the Huffington Post that you may or may not agree with.
1. No baby talk…use the proper words.
2. Relationships are important…Only do it with someone you trust.
3. Keep your face hidden.
4. Delete the photos after use.
5. Don’t sext the wrong person.
6. Don’t use emoticons…it could be creepy.
7. Don’t sext while drunk.
8. Answer promptly.
What’s up Guys and Gals! My name is Elan and I am so excited to be your new blogger. I am even more excited to talk about sex with all of my readers. Be on the look out for all types of ways to make your sex life the best it has ever been through communication, prevention, and all the resources you may need. Stay tuned!
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