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HIV Home Testing Kits | HIV Awareness

Medical technology is advancing almost as quickly as technology like that of the iPhone or Android, and let’s be real for a second, anything that makes doctor visits easier/faster/better is always a win. Well one of those advances is the HIV home-test kits. An HIV home test kit can be bought from almost anywhere, places like Walgreens have them and so does amazon. A home test kit can be as cheap as $20 and is a great solution for those of us who have trouble getting to a doctor, or other places that test for HIV. (Learn how to find options for testing centers near you here). Lots of people (including myself) are not even aware that these tests exist, and this is a big...

How to Grocery Shop for Healthy Foods on a Budget

“I want to eat healthier! I have so many goals I want to achieve but healthy food is expensive and I don’t want to eat like a rabbit.” Is this you? I feel like we all have been in this position. We don’t all have the money to go completely crazy on healthy food. I have a few suggestions for you to get healthy and still be able to save a few coins. Plan Your Meals Decide what kind of meals you want to make and what kinds of foods you’re willing to eat. This way you aren’t buying foods you think you’ll eat at some point but instead, you’re buying foods you will eat and have a plan to make.   Make a List I promise this will...

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My Experience with Intermittent Fasting | Fitness and & Health

Hey ladies hope all is well with you! So there's this “diet” that's going around called intermittent fasting, and I really wanted to give it a try. Normally, when i’m trying to lose weight, I just skip a couple of meals and only eat 1 time a day. This helps me to get used to smaller portion sizes and also control my hunger, and is literally the only thing that helps me to lose weight. So when I read about Intermittent fasting I definitely wanted to give it a try. Before when I would say that I don’t eat as much when i’m trying to lose weight people would assume that I have anorexia, or some other mental issues. I often felt guilty about losing...

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A Recap of National Gluten Free Day

The older I’ve become, the more I’ve heard the words, “gluten free” spill from people’s mouths. I thought living a gluten free lifestyle meant no bread, which meant I couldn’t do it because I am in love with bread. When I tell you I was wrong, believe me! I looked into it and found out that gluten free is so much more than I thought. What is Gluten and why should I care? Gluten is a group of proteins found in wheat, barley, rye and spelt. There are many people who have switched to a gluten free lifestyle because of the negative effects that gluten has on their bodies. For example, some people have celiac disease or even a non-gluten celiac sensitivity. Celiac disease is an...

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Top 3 Cheap or Free ways to prevent HIV | HIV Awareness

There are many different methods for treating any symptoms and living long fulfilling lives with HIV/AIDS these days, and that is a wonderful advancement in medicine. There is nothing better than preventing the infection in the first place though. There are many different ways to prevent the spread of infection, but today I will talk about the top 3 that anyone can use. By the way, there is medicine that you can take to prevent yourself from contracting HIV called Prep, but it can be quite expensive. The methods that I will talk about today can be cheap or some of them free. Abstinence -  As much as this is the least favorite method it is the most  effective and the cheapest (its free). Not everyone contracts...

HIV Awareness| How do I tell My Partner I’m HIV Positive

In life sometimes we may end up in situations that merit a lot of bravery, and although it can be tough, in a lot of cases the toughest choice is almost always the most moral. Well that is the same rule that will apply here. Telling someone, especially your partner, that you have HIV is a very scary thing to have to do for many. Whether you just found out, or you found out a long time ago, there will come a time where you may have to tell your partner about your positive HIV status. When you’re discussing your HIV status It will be tough to decide who to tell, what to tell, and when to tell them. All of the answers to these questions...

Yoga 101|My Journey and Top 5 tips to get started

Good morning beautiful ladies of BGH! I hope 2019 has started off excellent for you. Mine is good so far, not accomplishing everything I want but making a large dent in my goals. Today we will talk about one of them and that’s doing Yoga. First I want to say that Yoga is Hard! I still have a lot of work to do on my yoga journey, but i’d like to tell you my top 5 tips on getting started, coming from my experience on what has and hasn’t worked. First a little about my journey Personally, I’m still in the beginning stages of my journey so this post isn't meant to provide professional advice, but if you’re just getting started, or have been interested in yoga...

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Testing Testing 1,2,3: Where can I get tested? | HIV/AIDS awareness

There is so much information out there about HIV these days, thats its crazy how many people still don’t know their HIV/AIDS status. The CDC says that 1 in 7 people infected don't even know it, which is even crazier. The only way possible that they wouldn’t know they’re infected is if they aren’t getting tested on a regular basis. (Check out my last post here on how often you should be getting tested for HIV). Getting tested on a regular basis is not that difficult, and isn’t expensive either. If you are in an urban area, there are plenty of places that can help get tested, and often times you can just walk in without an appointment. What If I don’t have Health Insurance? Well first...

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HIV/AIDS Awareness| How often should I get tested?

I would like to first take a second to say that you don’t have to wait until something seems wrong to go get tested. Lots of women these days think “ I don’t want to be seen coming out of a clinic”, and if this is you sis, that’s just childish. If someone does say something about you coming out of a clinic, you’ll either have proof of negative results, or you’ll have a much bigger problem to worry about. Either way it’s a good thing you went to the clinic. However, since you’re reading this, I can tell you either live a health focused life or have at least abandoned that aforementioned mindset, and you’re wondering how you can stay healthy in a world...

AIDS v. HIV: Whats the difference?

In today’s society, there are more than 1.1 million people who have HIV, and if that is not shocking enough 1 in 7 of them do not even know that they are infected. With so many places, and different ways to get tested for HIV the only reason that someone would not know they are infected these days, is simply because they do not test themselves. Getting tested is just half the battle though, because when it comes to your health Knowledge is power. You’ll need a little more than just knowing whether you are positive or negative for HIV. You can not prevent something when you do not even know what it is! So today I am going to explain a little bit about...

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