These are the pumps I’m rocking today. They hurt my feet. But they’re cute and I’m rocking them for a good cause,National Women and Girls HIV/Aids Awareness Day. Not only have I committed to talk about HIV/AIDS prevention to everyone I know, I am a part of a large group of bloggers who are flooding the blogsphere with the message. In addition, I am rocking my red pumps everywhere I go today.
Here’s what you can do— Take a moment to discuss this disease with your teen. Make sure they know what it is and how you get it. Make sure they know how to avoid getting it and what happens to people who are infected.
Here are Five Things Everybody 12 and older should know about HIV/AIDS:
1. African-American folks are at greater risk for contracting HIV/AIDS. During their lifetime, 1 in 16 Black men will be diagnosed with HIV, as will 1 in 30 woman.
2. GET TESTED! Know the HIV or STD testing site near you. Text your zip code to KNOWIT (566948) to receive the info by mobile phone.
3. Here are 2 critical ways to protect yourself:
a.Don’t have sex at all (anal, vagina or oral)
b.Only have monogamous sex with a partner who has been tested
c.Use a condom EVERYTIME you have anal, vaginal or anal sex.
4.HIV/AID is contracted most commonly in the following ways:
1.Through sexual contact- anal, vaginal, or oral (Yes, oral!) with a person who is infected.
2.By sharing needles, syringes, or other injection equipment with a person who injects drugs or has HIV; or
3.Through birth from a mother who is infected or through breast milk.
5.If you have questions about HIV or AIDS call 1-800-CDC-INFO
If your child has more questions and resources, visit the CDC’s Act Against Aids site at http://nineandahalfminutes.org.