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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO STOP HIV...






¿R U A VILLAGER?

NATIONAL BLACK HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY





For those who were there some 30 years ago and anytime in the
early years who watched this epidemic evolve within Black communities, you may
remember the way people's humanness faded. Some lost a lot of weight, other's
skin changed tones, hair became straightened, and many looked like skeletons
with little flesh on their bones - that was clearly AIDS taking over, some
would call it full blown AIDS.





We have come a long way since 1981, with great strides taken
to develop medicines and identify alternative therapies that have almost
stopped individuals from having an AIDS diagnosis, as long as they take their
medicine as prescribed by their physician and get regular viral load and CD4
count checks.





Black AIDS Free Generation distinguishes
HIV from AIDS, as one is an infection and the other is a diagnosis based on an
individual's CD4 count and presence of an opportunistic infection. We believe
that individuals living with or newly testing HIV+ who begin antiretroviral
therapy early may NEVER have to deal with an AIDS diagnosis
based on stringent adherence to the doctor's orders.





So, our work is to get those high risk populations tested for
HIV and should they be positive, get them the information they need to make the
best decision to consider and access treatment. In addition, getting those who
are currently taking antiretroviral therapy to adhere to their medication
regimen underscores how an individual can be AIDS FREE, perhaps for
the rest of their life.





We acknowledge that it is not as simple as it sounds, but we
are taking a step in the right direction by supporting Secretary of State,
Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama's call to create an AIDS Free
Generation. We hope you too will embrace the idea of an AIDS
Free Generation
 and encourage your friends, loved ones and those you
know who are HIV+ to take their medicine as prescribed and live a healthy HIV+
positive life.



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