World AIDS Day

WORLD AIDS DAY: Getting To Zero

The 2011 theme for World AIDS Day is “Getting To Zero.” The goal is to have Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination, and Zero AIDS-Related Deaths.

So how do we get to zero?

I have decided to dedicate my life to getting to zero new infections.

One very important factor in getting to zero new infections has to do with changing the image we have of a person who is infected with HIV/AIDS.

When it comes to HIV/AIDS, we should assume that everyone we encounter may be infected. When will we realize that HIV doesn’t have a particular look? I know our minds have been stuck with the image from the late 1980s of those who were infected being White, gay men. We also remember seeing people with AIDS who looked like death. We remember seeing these early victims of AIDS wasting away to the point we could see bones showing through their skin. They had dry lips and open sores.

Well, in 2011, AIDS is a short 4’8’’ young woman with a thick wrist and a pretty face.

The sooner people realize that AIDS does not discriminate and that it is not a gay disease, the sooner the number of new infections will decrease. It is important to point to the data.

Thirty years after the AIDS epidemic burst onto the scene, Blacks rank highest among racial groups in the U.S. infected with the HIV virus. In 2009, African-Americans made up 14 percent of the total U.S. population but accounted for 44 percent of all new HIV infections. Of the total number of new HIV infections in the US among women, 57 percent occurred in Blacks, 21 percent were in whites, and 16 percent were in Hispanics/Latinas.

One in five Americans are HIV positive but do not know it. Could you be that one? Could you have had unprotected sex with that one in five?

A person can have HIV up to 10 years without showing any symptoms, so please do not think you can look at someone and tell that they are HIV positive. While you can be in a safe and loving relationship with a person who is HIV positive, you cannot go into a situation blind.

In 2012, it is important to talk to your sexual partner about HIV and STD testing.

Also, it is important to stress that AIDS does not have to equal a death sentence, but early detection is key in prolonging ones life with HIV/AIDS. This means people have to get tested; HIV testing is the only way you can tell if a person is infected and the only way you can know if treatment is needed.

While there is hope for life after a positive HIV test result, please know this is a costly disease. Many cannot afford the treatment and must depend on government assistance for help with paying for life-saving medications. However, with the recession and so many cutbacks, it is very difficult to obtain the medications you need to survive.

Yes, there is hope but do not use advancements in medication as an excuse to be reckless and take part in risky sexual behavior. As much as I love my life, I would not wish AIDS on my worst enemy. Please take my testimony as a warning of what you do not want to happen to you, and please remember the person who doesn’t believe they are at risk for HIV is the one most at risk.

This World AIDS Day. You can do your part by getting an HIV test and asking your sexual partner to get one as well.

For more information or links to HIV Testing Centers near you, visit

  • Glad awareness is being raised, now here is a treatment that should be looked at.
    Dr. Bob Beck’s Blood Zapper

    The aids treatment big pharmacological blocks from the public , because it is inexpensive!

    • yoyo123456

      There is already a cure for aids, and guess who has the patent…thats right the US Govt.

  • lbsdot

    “One in five Americans are HIV positive but do not know it. Could you be
    that one? Could you have had unprotected sex with that one in five?”
    This information is misinterpreted. Current estimates suggest there are around 1.2 million Americans living with HIV (roughly 1 in every 300 Americans).  1 in every 5 of these people are unaware.

    • I was like WTF?  1 in 5?
      That is basically everybody …or will soon be.
      Thanx for the clarification!

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  • slumlord_vinny

    no doubt. strong comments. real talk – dont think the rubber will save you from this for all my dudes doubling up and that nonsense. if you read the package it says that it is helpful in the prevention of it but cannot guarantee that you will not catch the monsta. the people that it is killing off the most in america has accounted for 12% of the population, for what – the past 10 years. So with all these Maury style dudes with 3 and 5 baby mama’s, we still at 12%. If it wasnt for the Monsta, gangbanging or high blood pressure, we would probably account for 1/2 the population. That would just F@(% America up!  I applaud Marcus Garvey’s vision but Black Americans arent ready or prepared to live in a world of our own. We cant even be at peace with each other in most of our own neighbors now as it is. Close your eyes and try to picture 1/2 of America with Black faces. Yeah, and that’s why you have the Monsta. Seriouly, Ima keep it real and end on this note. If this was like the 70’s and there was no Monsta and child support, I would be like on my 20th kid or something. I would probably have a tribe or something, just keeping it real. Just keeping it real.

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  • I would love to see rappers like Snoop Dogg and Soulja Boy participate in this movement.

  • Adope Femalemc

    Much props and respect to this woman out here campaigning trying to save lives instead of being a victim. She’s a blessing. All Black women need to pay attention since we seem to be at the highest numbers.