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Australian Man contracts HIV while on PrEP & What you need to know

Good Morning sis! I hope all is going well for you, and you are creating a life that you love. So today I wanted to talk briefly about an article that I read online regarding HIV and PrEP.  I was scrolling through my social media feed a couple months back and I came across this article about a man in Australia. The article was titled “An Australian Man Has Been Diagnosed With HIV While On PrEP” (you can read the full article there). Just reading the title of this article is very scary, but I wanted to take a moment to clear up some of the clickbait, and tell you what's really going down. So what happened? First and foremost, the article is about a man in...

Nutrition and HIV/AIDS | Fighting Back

Hello my lovely BGH sisters! I hope that all is well in your lives, and you're pursuing your dreams even in the wake of failure. When I talk of pursuing your dreams I mean that to be anything you fancy, however I hope that we have one dream in common, which is to live healthy and full lives. When you have an HIV diagnosis (especially a recent one), that may seem only like a dream, but with the knowledge and medicinal advances we have today, you can live a fulfilling life with HIV/AIDS. While there are multiple things that you can do to increase your longevity living with the infection, like making sure you're taking your medication appropriately, exercising regularly, and giving up poor habits...

Practicing Self Care After your Diagnosis | HIV/AIDS Awareness

During the month of February we have spent some much time talking about matters of the heart, first and foremost health, and coming in at a close second is love. Up until now though, we have talked mostly about loving other people, so today I thought we would talk about something different, Self-Love (not that kind you nasty lol). No but seriously, we often forget how important self-love is to our overall happiness, and for those of us struggling with a debilitating infection like HIV/AIDS this can be twice as difficult. Getting a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS can shatter your whole world, and even makes some people want to end their lives. So in light of this, I thought I would come today with my top...

HIV/AIDS and The Heart + What you can do!| HIV Awareness

HIV/AIDS is one of those infections that takes a toll on the body of the person infected in many different ways. In the month of February , the month of love and (more importantly), American heart month, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at some of the effects that HIV/AIDS has on the heart, and what you can do to decrease your chances. Heart Disease We all know that heart disease is a huge problem in the African American community, but did you know that if you are infected with HIV/Aids then your chances of developing this disease goes up? (talking about adding on to an already heavy load!). HIV affects your immune system mainly, but that doesn't mean that the...

PEP vs. PrEP: What’s the difference? | HIV Awareness| Sexual Health

Good morning my sisters! I hope everyone is doing well and continuously learning and striving to be the healthiest versions of themselves possible. Today I wanted to focus on a topic regarding different medicine types for HIV. I know that a lot of you have heard of PEP and PrEP, but do you know which one is which, and what they truly are? Well today we are going to talk about it in hopes that it saves some lives. What is PrEP & How does it work? PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, and similarly to what the name suggests, this is the medicine you would take before you have been exposed to the virus. Personally I had no idea this existed until one of my gay friends...

HIV Awareness | Concerning statistics regarding Black Women

We all know that there are disparities between communities, and HIV is no different. Our communities experience the highest HIV rates among all races and if you aren’t careful you could become apart of that statistic. As I say often, knowledge is power so make sure you’re getting tested regularly, simply because many of the black women infected with the disease, (7.2% of them to be exact) don’t even know they are infected (find out how often you should get tested here and where to get tested here). When it comes to black women, though we have some of the most devastating statistics, and so today I thought I would share a couple of these statistics so that we may get more serious about our...

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...

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...

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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...