Yearly Archives: 2017

National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day – April 10th

Did you know?

  • In the United States, more than 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses were in young people aged 13-24 years.
  • Only 10% of sexually experienced U.S. high school students have ever been tested for HIV.
  • Condom use has decreased among teens, with more than 40% of sexually active high school students not using a condom the last time they had sex.

 National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day is recognized on April 10th every year to inform the public about the effect that HIV and AIDS have on the young population. Additionally, this day features the work that young individuals across the United States have created in response to this noteworthy public health issue

What can you do?

  • Get educated. Learn the basic facts about HIV transmission, testing, and prevention.
  • Get tested for HIV. CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 years get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. Contact your health care provider about testing.

Advocates for Youth Says To:

  • Sign the NYHAAD Bill of Rights and stand for the rights of young people nationwide in the wake of the HIV & AIDS epidemic
  • Join us for our National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day Facebook Live Event at 6pm ET on HIV-positive young people, their lives, and what they need to effectively fight the epidemic
  • Follow the youth events happening around the country by using #NYHAAD
  • Share our great NYHAAD infographics on your favorite social media platform

 

Supportive When You’re Not Feeling It!

How can we be supportive/inspirational to other family and friends when we feel so…. lost ourselves?

Image from inextremiss

I have never been a what I call the “in your face type” with “things are wonderful and just smile”.  I am a realist and like to face obstacles head on with truth.  I can be supportive when someone is down and needs immediate support but I wonder later was that the right approach.

I am not a “Debbie Downer” but I believe in telling the truth when someone needs it. Some of the fake support others dish out doesn’t faze me nor does it help in the long run.

Facts, not fairy tales, I guess is what I believe is best. I know, I know “some” can’t handle the facts but I feel they need truth and facts head on to ditch the fairy tales.

How does everyone feel about that or how do you give support for the doom presently approaching us?

 

 

 

A Refresher

For those living with HIV it’s important to keep up with what’s going on and sometimes we need reminders to help us. When we’re first diagnosed we are given so much information, it can be overwhelming.

A little refresher now and then can be very good. I know, I have forgotten and need occasional reminders. Here are a few very good videos to refresh our minds and maybe teach us something new.   To view the videos, just click on the links below.

What’s Going on Inside Your Body    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVE5APDqrpc

Avoiding Resistance                                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_H1zLcJZxeE

Fighting Inflammation                           https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGDHVGRQFCo

The above videos are from Stop the Virus, Gilead Sciences.