It’s World AIDS Day. Do You Know Where Your Partner Has Been?

December 1st is World AIDS Day. Across the globe, attention is paid to this hideous disease. But far too often, Black folks just aren’t listening.

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.

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