Delicately purposed for the nation’s Black women; brown girls, black girls; light-skinned, brown-skinned, and dark-skinned:
To young Black women and girls, who fall in the age bracket for rates of new HIV infections, whether you have tested positive or negative, or don’t yet know your status, we all have a purpose in life which is to live life more abundantly.
March 10th was National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), an annual observance that sheds light on the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and girls. The theme this year was “The Best Defense Is a Good Offense.” HIV prevention is key in fighting the infectious disease that disproportionately impacts Black women and girls.
Effective steps to help prevent HIV infection for you and your partner:
- Use condoms every time you engage in sexual activity.
- Get an HIV test, which is free and confidential.
- Be monogamous.
- Do not abuse alcohol or drugs.
- Talk to your doctor about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) or post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) if you think you’re at risk for HIV.
We must continue to protect ourselves, our physical and emotional health and encourage others to do the same. Whoever your partner may be, make your personal health and well-being pillars of the relationship. Go get tested together, talk honestly with each other, educate one another, and most of all encourage each other to protect and respect your bodies, make decisions and take actions—do what is needed to be safe.
In honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, I challenge all women, especially Black women, at every age to lend your strength and your voice to HIV/AIDS awareness. We can protect others by protecting ourselves!
Share on all of your social media platforms using the hashtag #NWGHAAD and #BestDefense.
Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). About National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day | womenshealth.gov. Retrieved from http://www.womenshealth.gov/nwghaad/about/