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MYTHS associated with HIV/AIDS BUSTED! | HIV Awareness

There are many myths about HIV/AIDS and people living with these infections that are just not true. A myth is a widely held belief that is actually false. However, since so many people  believe that it is true, it continues to permeate society. That is why today I have decided to bust some of these myths so that everyone knows the truth about HIV/AIDS and people infected with it. “HIV/AIDS is  death sentence” While this used to be the case, this is no longer true. As with any infection or disease, the less we know about it the deadlier it seems. Since then we have been able to develop different drugs  and treatments to help people cope with the infection and live longer fuller lives. “Having HIV means...

DON’T FRY DAY!

It’s Don’t Fry Day, and I’m not talking about fried foods. Don’t Fry Day takes place the Friday before memorial day and it’s a day to remind all of us about the importance of sun safety for our skin. We enjoy being out in the sun as much as we want but we don’t always protect ourselves from the sun’s harmful rays. DON’T FRY YOUR SKIN! That’s what Don’t Fry Day is all about. Your skin is beautiful and we are all about health so why not keep your skin healthy? A little while ago we talked about the myths of our skin, like the myth that darker skin doesn’t need sunscreen. We learned that it is actually smart to protect our skin with things...

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When Our Bodies Speak Do We Listen?

Have you ever heard someone say, “listen to your body?” Have you ever actually done it? Listening to your body isn’t about physically listening for your body to speak words to you, but your body does communicate with you. When you’re running on empty and having gotten enough sleep, but you are continuing to be on the run, your body might slow you down. Your eyelids might get heavy, your body might be more difficult to move, and you might be abusing caffeine and energy drinks to keep you on the go. In this case, your body has already told you to slow down and get some sleep, but you weren’t listening. Sometimes we get a gut feeling that contrasts with our mental process. Your mind...

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HIV Vaccine Awareness Day!

Does anyone know what May 18th is? No? It’s okay, girl, I’ll tell you. May 18th is HIV Vaccine Awareness Day! The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) leads this observance. This day is observed to recognize all the people who work daily towards finding a way to prevent the contracting and spread of HIV. Not only is this day a to recognize those who work towards HIV prevention, but this is a day to educate about the importance of HIV prevention research. You can go to AIDSinfo to learn more about preventive HIV vaccines and therapeutic HIV vaccines. Our health is extremely important, but so is our education about our health. To learn more, please follow Black Girl Health...

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The Myth of Our Skin!

We have some gorgeous skin, but are we taking care of it? We might clean and moisturize our skin well but there are a few myths that too many of us believe. It’s time to debunk the myths, Sis! Black Don’t Crack Sweetheart, you’re wrong.Yes it can. Black skin is still susceptible to aging and wrinkles. Skin care is important regardless of your skin color. I Don’t Need Sunscreen Black Skin does have a natural SPF protector in melanin that helps us protect our skin, but that is not always enough. Black skin can still have skin cancer so using sunscreen can greatly benefit you. DON’T FALL INTO THE TRAP. You probably need some sunscreen, sis. My Oily Skin is Moisture Enough I don’t know, lovelies....

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National Women’s Health Week!

Did you know that it was National Women’s Health Week? Oh you didn’t? Well it was National Women’s Health Week! This starts every year right after Mother’s Day. This week is used to remind women to take their health into their own hands and make becoming healthier a priority. What are some ways that we, as women, can live healthier lifestyles? One way is trying to eat clean. Eating clean is eating more whole and natural foods and limiting the amount of processed foods from our diet. So many people think clean eating is like eating like a rabbit but in truth, clean eating can be just as satisfying and more beneficial than eating processed foods. Another way is to start enjoying your exercise. Some people...

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5 Immune Boosting Foods & Recipe Ideas | HIV Awareness

Hey sis! I hope things in your life are going well and manifesting into a life you love. When we talk about life we always talk about quantity over quality. No, I can't blame anyone for wanting to live a long time but how are you living during those years? Anyone struggling with a chronic illness or infection like HIV can easily get caught up in the quantity over quality mindset. So today I thought that we could talk about some immune boosting foods that can help your body in its fight, and potentially help improve the quality of your life and the quantity at the same time. Everyone knows that Vitamin C is very important to your immune health, but there are more ways to...

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Vegetarian Pros and Cons!

We’ve talked about the pros and cons of the vegan diet, but now we need to talk about the pros and cons of the vegetarian diet. The vegetarian diet is one where meat is not consumed. The difference between this diet and the vegan diet, as we talked about before, is that in the vegetarian diet animal products are still consumed. Here are some pros and cons: Pros Weight-loss The vegetarian diet is low in fat and high in fiber which are very good components for weight loss. It can also be a beneficial diet for maintaining weight. Complete Nutrition When well planned out, vegetarian meals can contain all essential amino acids, minerals and vitamins. This is extremely beneficial and debunks the idea that becoming vegetarian automatically lowers...

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Counting Calories, the best diet choice for people with HIV?

Hey sis! You are a rainbow in a sky full of grey, and I just thought it was important that you know that today. So one of the most archaic ways to control weight loss is calorie counting. Calorie counting was the thing to do before fad diets came along, and personally, calorie counting is my favorite way to control my weight and the easiest way for me to do so. Instead of special diets, depriving yourself, and/or spending extra hours in the kitchen, simply eating a little less than you normally would could be all you need to do to lose weight. So how many calories should I be eating? Well it depends. In a lot of cases your doctor will give you a nutritional diet...

HIV and High Blood Pressure + 5 tips to help you fight both!

Hey everyone! I hope your day is going well, and that love and happiness is quickly manifesting into your life!  If you weren’t aware May is national High Blood Pressure awareness month, and when you are dealing with an infection like HIV, you want to make sure that you are watching your blood pressure as well as your overall health. When you have an HIV infection, you are more likely to have high blood pressure and hypertension. These are part of what they call the “non-infectious consequences” that the prolonging of the life of people living with the infection has come to show. Since your body’s immune system is constantly working hard to fight off the virus, you can experience chronic inflammation in your arteries....