Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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    Feb 07, 2012 11:26 PM GMT
    I knew HIV/AIDS was higher in the black community but I had no idea it was this bad. Any insights?

    http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/02/black_hivaids_awareness_day.html
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    Feb 08, 2012 2:12 AM GMT
    As a community, we don't discuss the subject because HIV bears a very similar stigma to that cancer had 50 years ago. HIV is still seen as a gay disease while that really isn't the case. There is so much shame attached, with most of it rooted in religious beliefs when the gay factor is added. Getting tested is more frightening than living with the disease because it forces one to face mortality. Education is lost because the shame hinders discussion. Black women are the fastest growing segment of the population contracting the virus from men who also have sex with men and who can't deal with that added sexual dimension of themselves. There are other less frequent causes such as IV needles, etc. The current express trend in sero-converting populations is found among young black men who are inadequately prepared for their sex lives and conduct those lives with unsafe practices. Again, this is due to lack of education.

    My guess is that lack of education and dialog are the two largest factors contributing to the alarming rate of HIV growth in the population.
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    Feb 08, 2012 2:20 AM GMT
    nabob7729 saidAs a community, we don't discuss the subject because HIV bears a very similar stigma to that cancer had 50 years ago. HIV is still seen as a gay disease while that really isn't the case. There is so much shame attached, with most of it rooted in religious beliefs when the gay factor is added. Getting tested is more frightening than living with the disease because it forces one to face mortality. Education is lost because the shame hinders discussion. Black women are the fastest growing segment of the population contracting the virus from men who also have sex with men and who can't deal with that added sexual dimension of themselves. There are other less frequent causes such as IV needles, etc. The current express trend in sero-converting populations is found among young black men who are inadequately prepared for their sex lives and conduct those lives with unsafe practices. Again, this is due to lack of education.

    My guess is that lack of education and dialog are the two largest factors contributing to the alarming rate of HIV growth in the population.


    Thank misogynistic black christianity for that. icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 10, 2012 12:41 PM GMT
    I was 34 years old before I had ever taken an HIV test. I had to ask for it. My straight buddies (white and black) had similar expriences. When I go to the doctor for my yearly physical every year, I still have to ask for it. In fact, when go to my doctor for random issues between testings and my doctor wants to draw my blood, I'll ask for a new HIV test, and my doctor asks questions.

    We send millions of funds to other countries each year for HIV education and treatment but in the US we haven't made HIV testing a standard test. Everyone has sex. Why wouldn't we spend that money to make HIV testing a standard screen?

    Truth is that there are thousands of non-at risk women and men out there who are silently transmitting the disease. The transmission surge in black America is the tip of the iceberg.
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    Mar 10, 2012 1:24 PM GMT
    Every 9 seconds someone is infected with HIVicon_idea.gif Don't let it be your 9th second. Wrap it up- be smarticon_exclaim.gif