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A Hair Transition, Regimen, & Styles with @Queeneleem

Getting inside a naturalista's hair routine is one of the best ways to research when you're thinking about going natural. Queeneleem, a natural haired beauty with 4B/4C hair shares the deets on her transition, regimen, and styles that keep her natural hair flourishing! I have 4C/4B hair that is light medium brown. My hair is thick with thin individual strands and naturally dry. And man, is my shrinkage real (around 80%). This is my natural hair texture slightly stretched. I braided it into 3 large braids after I showered to keep it from tangling as it dried while I slept. My stretched length in this picture is an inch above my bra strap. I started my natural hair transition January 26th 2013 when I decided to stop using...

Prevent HIV

Protect Yourself & Prevent HIV

When it comes to preventing HIV, protecting yourself is key. There are so many tools available that can help you protect yourself from getting HIV as well as protecting others. We're sharing a few simple precautions you can take to lower your risk, protect yourself, and prevent getting HIV Today, we have access to many options and tools to prevent HIV as well as spreading HIV. While, of course, one of the main ways to protect yourself against HIV is abstinence, there are a number of other other tools and lifestyle changes you can make as well. Limit your sexual partners. This simple precaution can greatly reduce the chances of getting HIV as you're reducing your possible chances of exposure. The more sexual partners you have,...

PEP

Everything You Need to Know about PEP

If you think that there is the possibility you’ve been exposed to HIV, the time to act is now! PEP (Post-exposure prophylaxis) is a medication that can be taken within 72 hours after to exposure to prevent HIV infection. If you’ve been exposed, here’s what you should know, and what you should do, as soon as possible to protect yourself. Exposure to HIV is something that can be avoided by taking a number of precautions to protect yourself. That said, there are instances where you may be exposed to HIV for reasons beyond your control. In those emergency cases, there is a medication available that can help to prevent HIV infection. Post-exposure prophylaxis is an emergency treatment that involves taking HIV medication within 72 hours of...

A Natural Hair Transition with @JessicaJWalk

When it comes to making the decision to "go natural" you have two choices. Big chop or transition. For this week's #fabhairfriday, we're featuring @JessicaWalk. A natural beauty who decided to do a year long natural hair transition that ultimately led a to mini chop. This is her hair story. I started transitioning June of 2009, wearing wash & go styles & gradually cutting off the relaxed ends until my mini big chop in August of 2010. My hair is low porosity (which means the hair has difficulty retaining moisture) & protein sensitive (which means that some proteins can cause allergic reactions in the hair). Because of these characteristics, I stay away from heavy butters, protein, & coconut oil. My current regimen is cleansing & deep conditioning...

What to Do

What to Do if You’ve Been Exposed to HIV

If you think that you may have been exposed to HIV, it can be a scary time. Your mind races, wanders, and you might feel anxiety or confusion on what to do. This time after exposure is the highest risk of transmitting infection, so you'll need to prepare, plan, and protect yourself. If you think you may have been exposed to HIV here's what you should do. GET TESTED The reality is, that while the HIV virus has many symptoms, you can not rely on symptoms--or lack of symptoms--alone to confirm whether or not you may have the virus. The only way to know for sure is to get tested. The moment you think you may have been exposed to HIV or participated in one of the risk factors,...

Janelle Monae

How Janelle Monae Keeps Her Natural Glow

Recently, the world has been taken by storm with the release of the phenomenal movie “Hidden Figures”, which depicts the story of three African American women that assisted NASA with its first journey to the moon. With the movie’s world success, it’s only fitting that we name Janelle Monae as this week’s #wcw. Known for her individualism and refusal of societal conformity, Janelle Monae has inspired many young black women around the world to be their authentic selves. Her grace and beauty has been admired among millions around the world. And her many recent red carpet appearances have us falling in love all over again. If there's one thing that we admire most about Janelle Monae--besides her flawless natural hair styles--it's her natural beautiful glow....

Getting Tested

Why Women Should Be Getting Tested for HIV

Fact: 60% of women living with HIV in the United States are African American women. That's a hard statistic to face, but it's essential to understand the extent to which Black women are continually effected by HIV and AIDS. Knowing the numbers is the first step to having an open discussion about what we can do as a community to improve our health and the health of our partners. And we can start by getting tested. For many women, getting tested isn't something that's talked about at length in our communities. There's a lot of misinformation floating around about how to get HIV, how it spreads, and even how to prevent it. Because of this, many women, especially those in committed relationships or those who have been...

National Women and Girls HIVAIDS Awareness Day

Join Us in Recognizing National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Friday March 10th, 2017 marks the 12th year that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Office on Women’s Health will be observing National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This national recognition day was created to raise awareness of the impact that HIV and AIDS has on our the women and girls of our nation. In observance of this day and our dedication to taking part in the campaign to help women and girl protect themselves from getting or transmitting HIV we’re sharing some facts and tips about HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention in our communities. THREE FACTS ABOUT HIV/AIDS & WOMEN According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in four people living with HIV in the United States are...

Get Tested

How to Ask Your Man to Get Tested i.e. #POPTHEQUESTION

Taking the initiative to get tested for HIV is a big step in taking control of your health. There’s no arguing that, at first, it can be quite intimidating. But, when it comes to having that discussion with your man or sexual partner, things can become really uncomfortable. Be that as it may, knowing your and your partner's HIV status is essential to having a good sexual relationship. So asking your man to get tested--if he hasn’t already--is a bridge you’ll have to cross. Here’s how to do it without the hassle. Get tested together Many times people avoid getting tested because they are nervous or uncomfortable. Going with someone and getting tested together can help alleviate some of that anxiety and nervousness. Instead of asking your...