This is a sponsored post made possible by the We Can Stop HIV One Conversation at a Time Campaign. All opinions expressed are my own.
I’m a firm believer that knowledge is power and the more we talk about a subject, like HIV, the more we can learn about the disease, not only to help those who currently are infected, but assist those who may not be aware they have HIV and even more importantly, help educate people so they can avoid the disease altogether.
My daughter recently became a teen and the thought of her not being educated about something as important as HIV scares me to pieces. All it takes is ONE CONVERSATION to make a world of difference, literally change someone’s life.
People living with HIV
There are currently more than 1.1 million people in the United States who are living with HIV and about 50,000 who become infected with HIV each year. It’s time to learn the facts about HIV so we can put a stop to it, not only in the Latino Community but everywhere. It all starts with one conversation!
Do you know how many cases of HIV are in the Latino community? It’s scary, I’m warning you. According to a fact sheet from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Hispanics represent about 17% of the population in the United States and account for about 20% (242,000 people) of people living with HIV, and an estimated 21% (9,800) of new infections here in the United States each year.
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Who can become infected with HIV?
ANYONE can become infected with HIV/AIDS. The more we talk about it, the more we learn how we can prevent becoming infected and the more we learn how real HIV/AIDS is. It doesn’t matter whether you are married, young, old, female, male, and your sexual orientation doesn’t matter. We can all get HIV/AIDS if we are not educated. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “It’s estimated that 1 in 36 Hispanic/Latino men and 1 in 106 Hispanic/Latina women will be diagnosed with HIV. Men account for 87% of new infection among Hispanics, 79% occur among men who have sex with a male partner.
Since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, there has been more than 100,000 Hispanics with AIDS die.
There is HIV treatment available that can help those infected with HIV live a healthy life and even prevent transmission to their partners, but you have to be willing to get tested, the sooner, the better. According to a study by The Centered for Disease Control and Prevention over half (54%) of Latinos diagnosed with HIV were retained in care, 44% have been prescribed antiretroviral therapy, and only 37% have achieved viral suppression.
I told you the numbers were scary, but on the plus side we can start having one conversation to help educate our friends and family about HIV and eventually stop the disease. If our friends and family are armed with the facts about HIV they can protect themselves and talk to their friends and family so they can do the same. We MUST start that ONE CONVERSATION!
First off I’m going to say by educating yourself, friends and family. Don’t be ashamed to bring up the subject of HIV, knowledge is power and it’s the only way we are going to stop HIV. The only way you can protect yourself completely is by not having sex or doing drugs. However, there are other ways that you can protect yourself from becoming infected with HIV/AIDS but it’s important to know the facts:
Condoms can help protect against HIV – USE THEM! Using latex condoms correctly every time you have sex is highly effective.
- You CAN get HIV from oral sex.
- You CAN become infected by sharing needles
- The birth control pill does NOT protect against HIV.
- You cannot get HIV from touching someone.
I read on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that 1 in 4 new HIV infections is among youth ages 13 to 24. It’s seriously worth educating our children and having that one conversation sooner than later.
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Looking for a great resource?
You can find Sin Verguenza and her four episodes here. They can help you learn just how important that one conversation can be, it can save lives.
You can also visit OneConversation.com, CDC.Gov and this fact sheet for more information about HIV/AIDS. You can also be social and follow via Facebook, Instagram and of course Twitter to stay up to date.
Raise HIV & AIDS awareness one conversation at a time! Remember, we CAN make a difference by arming ourselves, family and friends with knowledge and it all starts with one conversation that can make a difference.