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.
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”!