In today’s Fact Friday we take a look at how people are #FacingAIDS
#FacingAIDS was created six years ago for people to share photos and messages on how they are facing AIDS. AIDS.gov has heard thousands of reasons over the years about why and how people face AIDS – ranging from the personal (“I’m facing AIDS for 25 years and counting”) to ones that are community oriented (“I’m facing AIDS for young black men everywhere”) to others that are more universal (“I’m facing AIDS for the next generation”).
They put together a video to share some of the common messages we have heard over the years.
AIDS.gov says “The one consistent theme is that we are all facing AIDS in one way or another.”
Since HIV and AIDS is a reality, what are you doing to stay safe and healthy?
One good place to start is to get tested regularly for HIV. HIV testing can be done with a simple finger prick and you can get your results in about 20 minutes. Find a Planned Parenthood to get tested here: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center
Another important step to take is to talk openly and honestly with your partner about your test results or your HIV status.
Regardless of your HIV status, it is also important to use protection such as male and female condoms or dental dams each and every time you have sex.