Yesha Callahan

Don’t Make Me Throw My Red Pump At You!

If you haven’t heard about it yet, today is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). NWGHAAD is a nationwide movement that is coordinated by the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) to help people gain awareness about increasing impact of HIV/AIDS that is continuing to affect women & girls.  Statistically speaking the number of US women & girls living with HIV is rising rapidly.

 

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I remember when I was a kid, my cousin’s grandmother was diagnosed with full blown AIDS  and she was about 50-something years old. After years of being an intravenous drug user, her fast times caught up with her. Within months after her diagnosis, she practically deteriorated in front of every one’s eyes. My cousin at the time was too young to realize what was happening, and a lot of his mother’s family didn’t speak too much about it, because back then it was a taboo subject.

Fast foward, almost 20+ years later, and the HIV/AIDS cases amongst women & girls, more specifically Latina & Black women are steadily rising. It’s sad to hear stories of  people  being diagnosed, when there are so many precautionary measures that people can take. I’m not going to get on a soap box and preach abstinence, because, I don’t think it’s very realistic in these days & times. But what I am an advocate of is protecting yourself and your partner by any means necessary! Of course, nothing is 100% reliable when it comes to preventing STDS, but 99.9% is a lot better than 0%.

It amazes me how people still don’t get themselves tested regularly. I don’t care if you’ve been in a monogamous relationship for years, it doesn’t matter.  You can’t even use the excuse that you don’t have health insurance, because there are free testing clinics EVERYWHERE. If you can use google to find out new gossip information, you can use Google to find a place offering free STD screenings! It’s that simple!

To quote Ice Cube, D-Nice & Das Efx (and anyone else who may have sampled it), “chiggity-check yourself, before you wreck yourself”!

To learn more about the Red Pump Project, visit: http://www.theredpumpproject.com !

 

  1. March 10, 2009 - Reply

    Thanks you SOOOOO much for participating in the RED Pump Project! We appreciate you and the other female bloggers for being a part of this initiative to raise awareness on the effect of HIV/AIDS on Women & Girls. Much Love!
    Luvvie
    P.S. If you’re rocking redp umps today, you can upload a picture to the Red Pump Project Flickr group at http://www.flickr.com/groups/redpumpproject/

    • March 10, 2009 - Reply

      @Luvvie

      You are so welcome! Thanks for including me 🙂

  2. March 10, 2009 - Reply

    You are so right about that. There is no excuse when you can get a HIV/AIDS test almost anytime and for free. The Midlands Bikers Association (Columbia, SC) works with the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council in spreading the word about HIV/AIDS and encourage everyone to get tested,regardless of status. You would think if people know for certain that they are free of STD’s they would jump on the free testing bandwagon IMMEDIATELY just to get a confirmation.

    • March 10, 2009 - Reply

      @Diamond

      I think it has a lot to do with pride/shame! But ppl don’t realize that it’s a life & death issue!

  3. March 10, 2009 - Reply

    Nice to see ya rocking the red pumps today girlie! LOL. Yes, HIV/AIDS is fastest growing amongst black females. It is time that people get tested and educate themselves. One life lost is one loss too many. Great post 🙂

    • March 10, 2009 - Reply

      @DanniGyrl

      Thanks Danni! So was yours 🙂

  4. March 11, 2009 - Reply

    good post mama!
    glad you’re spreading the awareness.

  5. March 11, 2009 - Reply

    Kudos to you for this post! I urge everyone to get tested….YES Its scary but think of the lives you might save! Thanks again for this post.

  6. July 22, 2009 - Reply

    AIDS is such a scary thing. People in my generation don't seem afraid but we really should be. Especially black men and women. And yea people need to get tested more but sadly all the test does is tell you whether you have it or not. Once they tell you that you're positive they aren't going to be able to hand you a cure. So yeah, prevention is the key. And it's scary to think that you have to worry even when you're married.

  7. July 23, 2009 - Reply

    AIDS is such a scary thing. People in my generation don't seem afraid but we really should be. Especially black men and women. And yea people need to get tested more but sadly all the test does is tell you whether you have it or not. Once they tell you that you're positive they aren't going to be able to hand you a cure. So yeah, prevention is the key. And it's scary to think that you have to worry even when you're married.

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