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WORLD AIDS DAY 2011

WORLD AIDS DAY 2011 is upon us.  And it's a day that every country possible participates in some form of action/education for HIV/AIDS awareness.

 

TheYBF.com is doing its part today....

 

World AIDS Day is observed each year on December 1. This year's theme is "Leading with Science, Uniting for Action". Aids.gov is your 1 stop shop for EVERYTHING you need to know about prevention, taking care of yourself if you have HIV/AIDS, how to educate others on the issue, and everything in between.

Today, women account for more than 1 in 4 new HIV/AIDS cases in the United States, according to WomensHealth.Gov. Of these newly infected women, about 2 in 3 are African-American. Most of these women got HIV from having unprotected sex with a man.

A few staggering stats from the Women's Health website:

AIDS is now the leading cause of death for African-American women ages 25–34. And African-American women are more than 21 times as likely to die from HIV/AIDS as non-Hispanic white women. Some reasons why African-American women are affected by HIV/AIDS more than women of other races include:

Poverty — One in 4 African-American women lives in poverty, which is strongly linked to HIV risk. People living in poverty also get lower-quality health care in general, which can mean advancing from HIV infection to AIDS more quickly.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) — HIV is most commonly spread to women through sexual contact. Untreated STIs that break the skin, such as genital herpes, give HIV easy access into the bloodstream. African-American women have high rates of many STIs.

Incarceration of African-American men — Based on current rates of incarceration, nearly one-third of all African-American men will enter prison during their lifetimes. Cycling in and out of the prison system leads to fewer available African-American men in the community to have long-term, faithful relationships and a greater chance of having multiple partners over time. Living in prison also exposes many men to risk factors for HIV. This raises a man's risk of getting HIV in prison and passing HIV to his female partner at home.

 

In recognition of World AIDS Day, President Obama will speak at 2:30p ET an event hosted by the ONE Campaign and (RED) at George Washington University.  You can watch the whole event live on YouTube.com/TheONECampaign.

And by the way, Get Tested.

How are you participating today?

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If this were a post about

If this were a post about Beyonce's pregnancy, or Rihanna's latest spread in a magazine, or some other trivial event that's managed to become headline news, there would be in excess of 200 posts. Instead, there are barely 50 comments on a topic that is PLAGUING the black community. Silence speaks volumes. Thank you for taking the time to spread this very important message, YBF!
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Black people...WRAP IT

Black people...WRAP IT UP! http://sisterescape.blogspot.com/2011/12/safe-sex-commandments.html
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I am a young black,african

I am a young black,african american,americana,mixed race, whatever you chose woman. I was diagnosed with HIV when I was 18. At first I was scared, hurt, shocked, because I wasnt promiscuous. Im pretty sure I contracted HIV from my boyfriend at the time, which now that I look back at the situation there where some suspicious actions of his.Maybe he was on the down low, I dont know. Now I am 26, my CD4 count is very high, and my viral load is undetectable. I take a medicine called Atripla once a day. I dont have any symptoms, I just feel like a normal young lady, I have 2 daughters, Im in college and am doing well. To all ladies young and old, I would suggest abstinence, but sometimes that is hard to maintain,as women have needs. But if you are going to engage in sexual activity, in any form, make sure there is some latex or something to protect yourself. I dont feel sorry for myself nor do I wish any ill will towards the man who infected me. If you are gay, be gay, if you are straight, be straight, if you are bi, be bi, but make sure your sexual partners are informed of your sexual preference and make sure you know your status, as to not infect others. I hope one day I will find a man to love me for me, and not my status, and Im sure I will, because I am extremely attractive. With all that being said, everyone protect yourself and know your status and have trust in the Lord,whomever you claim your Lord to be. God Bless. ( :
Anonymous's picture

Thank you for sharing and the

Thank you for sharing and the advice. Many people believe that because you have the virus your life stops. The story you shared should be inspiration to others with HIV to continue living life and enjoy future blessings. For others that are actively sexual be careful and remember to take caref of yourself first and foremost. Be safe and thanks for the inspiration...
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Thanks for sharing........you

Thanks for sharing........you are now highly favored
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I am a young black,african

I am a young black,african american,americana,mixed race, whatever you chose woman. I was diagnosed with HIV when I was 18. At first I was scared, hurt, shocked, because I wasnt promiscuous. Im pretty sure I contracted HIV from my boyfriend at the time, which now that I look back at the situation there where some suspicious actions of his.Maybe he was on the down low, I dont know. Now I am 26, my CD4 count is very high, and my viral load is undetectable. I take a medicine called Atripla once a day. I dont have any symptoms, I just feel like a normal young lady, I have 2 daughters, Im in college and am doing well. To all ladies young and old, I would suggest abstinence, but sometimes that is hard to maintain,as women have needs. But if you are going to engage in sexual activity, in any form, make sure there is some latex or something to protect yourself. I dont feel sorry for myself nor do I wish any ill will towards the man who infected me. If you are gay, be gay, if you are straight, be straight, if you are bi, be bi, but make sure your sexual partners are informed of your sexual preference and make sure you know your status, as to not infect others. I hope one day I will find a man to love me for me, and not my status, and Im sure I will, because I am extremely attractive. With all that being said, everyone protect yourself and know your status and have trust in the Lord,whomever you claim your Lord to be. God Bless. ( :
Anonymous's picture

I am a young black,african

I am a young black,african american,americana,mixed race, whatever you chose woman. I was diagnosed with HIV when I was 18. At first I was scared, hurt, shocked, because I wasnt promiscuous. Im pretty sure I contracted HIV from my boyfriend at the time, which now that I look back at the situation there where some suspicious actions of his.Maybe he was on the down low, I dont know. Now I am 26, my CD4 count is very high, and my viral load is undetectable. I take a medicine called Atripla once a day. I dont have any symptoms, I just feel like a normal young lady, I have 2 daughters, Im in college and am doing well. To all ladies young and old, I would suggest abstinence, but sometimes that is hard to maintain,as women have needs. But if you are going to engage in sexual activity, in any form, make sure there is some latex or something to protect yourself. I dont feel sorry for myself nor do I wish any ill will towards the man who infected me. If you are gay, be gay, if you are straight, be straight, if you are bi, be bi, but make sure your sexual partners are informed of your sexual preference and make sure you know your status, as to not infect others. I hope one day I will find a man to love me for me, and not my status, and Im sure I will, because I am extremely attractive. With all that being said, everyone protect yourself and know your status and have trust in the Lord,whomever you claim your Lord to be. God Bless. ( :
Anonymous's picture

I am a young black,african

I am a young black,african american,americana,mixed race, whatever you chose woman. I was diagnosed with HIV when I was 18. At first I was scared, hurt, shocked, because I wasnt promiscuous. Im pretty sure I contracted HIV from my boyfriend at the time, which now that I look back at the situation there where some suspicious actions of his.Maybe he was on the down low, I dont know. Now I am 26, my CD4 count is very high, and my viral load is undetectable. I take a medicine called Atripla once a day. I dont have any symptoms, I just feel like a normal young lady, I have 2 daughters, Im in college and am doing well. To all ladies young and old, I would suggest abstinence, but sometimes that is hard to maintain,as women have needs. But if you are going to engage in sexual activity, in any form, make sure there is some latex or something to protect yourself. I dont feel sorry for myself nor do I wish any ill will towards the man who infected me. If you are gay, be gay, if you are straight, be straight, if you are bi, be bi, but make sure your sexual partners are informed of your sexual preference and make sure you know your status, as to not infect others. I hope one day I will find a man to love me for me, and not my status, and Im sure I will, because I am extremely attractive. With all that being said, everyone protect yourself and know your status and have trust in the Lord,whomever you claim your Lord to be. God Bless. ( :
Anonymous's picture

Thank you for your post. I

Thank you for your post. I pray that all is well but when u made the statement "hope one day I will find a man to love me for me, and not my status, and Im sure I will, because I am extremely attractive. Really?! WTH does that have to do with anything? You could have left that out. It takes away from the thoughtful message. You very well might be extremely attractive but GOD and vanity do go hand and hand. It (vanity) can kill. Never the less take care of yourself and your daughters. Good luck in school.
Anonymous's picture

I lost a brother to AIDs...

I lost a brother to AIDs... and know people with this disease... I for years was terrified to get tested b/c I feared the unknown, I feared the consequences of my actions, I feared hurting my parents, especially my mother, and I feared the stigma... When I met my now Husband... I overcame my fears b/c I wanted to protect him so we got tested.... It's better to know... Waiting on the results was scary but I felt better knowing I would KNOW for sure what my status is... I am HIV Negative... but in a moment I could have been positive... I thank God.. b/c now I can share my story in hopes that someone else going through the FEAR will find a way to rise above it and GET TESTED... God Bless...
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Alicia Keys documentary will

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Prayers and hope for those

Prayers and hope for those living with this horrible disease, and sadness for those lost because of it.
missy's picture

Wow.. the comments on here

Wow.. the comments on here are amazingly STUPID... Some of you people are so hateful that you miss the message... I lost a brother to this disease... instead of downing my people b/c of some statistic I choose to educated. What are YOU doing to see these numbers change?
TruthBeTold's picture

Black women protect yourselfs

Black women protect yourselfs period!!! It's your responsibility to ensure that both you and your partner are tested prior to being intimate. I mean really, it's your life we are talking about!!! To know better is to do better!!!
chester's picture

I think more people need to

I think more people need to be educated on who can get the disease. Also, idiotic terms such as calling it "The Monster" or "That Package" needs to stop. I recently heard a family member refer to HIV/AIDS using those terms. I was blown away. I've never heard of such nonsense. I've never heard someone refer to HIV/AIDS using those terms. It was definitely some of the biggest foolery I've ever heard.
Anonymous's picture

Black Men do NOT have the

Black Men do NOT have the highest rates - actually White men who engage in sex with men... I think we need to focus on debunking myths around safe sex in all communities. With being gay still considered to be TABOO in the Black community - especially Black religious communities - we will continue to have this silence around sexuality and around making sure that young Black gay male are educated properly instead of being burned by fire, so to speak.
Anonymous's picture

YOU ARE SO FUCKING

YOU ARE SO FUCKING WRONG!!!!...BLACK GAY MEN HAVE THE HIGHTEST RATES IN THE COUNTRY, FOLLOWED BY GAY LATIN MEN!!...AND BLACK MEN AS A WHOLE HAVE THE HIGHEST RATES OF ALL MEN JUST AS BLACK WOMEN AND LATIN WOMEN HAVE THE HIGHEST RATES AMONGST WOMEN!
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THIS NEWS IS ENOUGH TO KEEP

THIS NEWS IS ENOUGH TO KEEP ME A VIRGIN FOR LIFE, I DON'T THINK I'LL EVEN WANT TO HAVE SEX WHEN I GET MARRIED...SCARY SHIT!
smartblackgirl's picture

what they left out in that

what they left out in that article is that GAY BLACK MEN have the highest rates, and we know that many black men have same sex sexual relations and bring the disease back home to black women...BLACK WOMEN NEED TO BE MORE CAREFUL AND MORE OF US NEED TO REALLY LOOK INTO THE BACKGROUNDS OF THESE MEN AND EVEN HAVE THEM MONITORED OR FOLLOWED TO FIND OUT THE TRUTH OF WHAT THEY ARE DOING WHEN YOU'RE NOT AROUND!!!!...I THINK BLACK MEN ARE THE GAYEST GROUP OF MEN IN THE COUNTRY...SEARCH AROUND ONLINE AND YOU'LL SEE!!!!
smartblackgirl's picture

I think that's understood.

I think that's understood. What's more shocking is the rate among black women, which is why its reported. Also, contrary to popular belief, it's just not that many gay men (men who have never been in prison) who are having sex with women vs men in prison who have had homosexual relations and get out to continue straight lives as if nothing ever happened. So the article is definitely pointing out the MAJOR problems at the moment.
Anonymous's picture

YOU MIGHT WANNA DO MORE

YOU MIGHT WANNA DO MORE RESEARCH ON YOUR STATEMENT ABOUT IT NOT BEING THAT MANY GAY MEN...BOYS MY AGE ARE FUCKING EACHOTHER LIKE IT'S NATURAL...THEY DON'T CALL THEMSELVES GAY, THEY CALL THEMSELVES FREAKS! AND DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY OF THESE SO CALLED BOYS/MEN ARE FUCKING SHIMS?...AND THOSE SHIMS OR TRANSFAGS ARE GAY MEN ALSO, AND THEY ARE ALSO SPREADING IT...I'D SUGGEST YOU LOOK AROUND THE NET FOR A QUICK MOMMENT TO REALLY GET AN IDEA OF WHAT'S GOING ON OUT HERE!...WOW, YOU NOT BELIEVING THAT THERE ARE THAT MANY GAY MEN, IS PART OF THE PROBLEM BLACK WOMEN HAVE!...OPEN YOUR EYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
smartblackgirl's picture

You're not getting the point.

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Statistics like t his really

Statistics like t his really make me feel embarrased 2 be black. We are still seen as ghetto, stupid, low lives, uneducated...................it is ridiculous! Mexican's are seen in a better light than us.
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