Somehow, we still aren’t getting the message how devastating this disease is to our community–especially among Black women.
Did you know that:
- AIDS is now the leading cause of death for Black women ages 25-34. We are over 21 times as likely to die from HIV/AIDS as white women.
- Of all the newly infected HIV cases in the US, 1 out of 4 are women. Among these women, 2 out of 3 are Black women.
- Most of the sistahs who have contracted HIV got it from having sex with a man.*
So my sistah, do you know where your partner has been?
It is important to protect yourself with every encounter:
- Use latex condoms every time you have any kind of sex (vaginal, oral, or anal). Use a fresh condom with each sexual contact.
- If you use drugs and cannot or will not stop injecting drugs, use new, sterile syringes to prepare and inject drugs.
- If you’re getting a tattoo or having a your body pierced, ask what procedures they use to prevent the spread of HIV. If they do not use new, sterilized equipment, so somewhere else.*
Bottom line, self’-care is the best prevention for HIV/AIDS. Take the above precautions. Know your partner’s status. Know your status. Educate yourself about additional risk factors. Be loud and proud helping to spread the word about HIV/AIDS. Dare to say “No! No glove, no love!”
*Stats from the Office on Women’s Health.