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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...

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,...

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...

HIV OUTBREAK IN INDIANA LINKED TO DRUG USE

At least 79 people in a southern corner of Indiana have been affected by a recent outbreak of HIV. State Governor Mike Pence approved a needle exchange program to help reduce disease spread. All cases have been linked to intravenous drug use, and without intervention, the cases are expected to increase. "The people of Scott County are working hard to address this crisis, and with additional state resources and new tools provided by this emergency declaration, I am confident that together we will stop this HIV outbreak in its tracks,” Pence said in a statement announcing the 30-day needle-exchange program. While the program is in place, health workers will be exempt from the criminal penalties to normally apply to those distributing drug use paraphernalia. However, Pence has also...

IESHIA SCOTT LEARNED SHE HAD HIV AT 15

At first, it was hard for me. At times, I suffered from severe depression and had thoughts of suicide. It was hard being "the girl with HIV" in my city. Mentally, I had to create another name and be somebody else, not "the girl with HIV." I would tell my sexual partners, but when it came to other people, I felt my business didn't concern them. Yet, where I grew up, it seems like your business belongs to everyone. I’m, 26 now, but I found out I was HIV-positive at 15. I was attending Camp Hope, a week-long summer camp for children 7 through 16 who are living with HIV. Only, I didn't know that when I went. I was in an administrator's office when I found...

HOW HIV POSITIVE PATIENTS MAY HELP TO SAVE MORE THAN 1,000 LIVES A YEAR.

“This week, officials at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore received approval to begin conducting the first organ transplants from HIV-positive donors to HIV-positive recipients. This comes after a 2013 change in the law that lifted a ban in place since 1988. Surgeons at Johns Hopkins say that they are ready to begin performing liver and kidney transplants as soon as the appropriate candidates are available. NPR spoke with Dr. Dorry Segev, associate professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, who has worked for years to allow these kinds of organ transplants.” NPR’s Michael Martin. On how he started the campaign to change the law “The first thing we did was estimate what the impact would be of a law like this. So...

Of All Newly HIV-Infected Women, 2 out of 3 are African American

Today, women account for about 1 in 4 new HIV/AIDS cases in the United States. Of these newly infected women, most are African American. And many of these cases are attributed to having  unprotected sex with a man. Some reasons why African-American women are affected by HIV/AIDS more than women of other races include: Poverty — 1 in 4 African-American women lives in poverty, which is strongly linked to HIV risk. People living in poverty also get lower-quality health care in general, which can mean advancing from HIV infection to AIDS more quickly Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) — HIV is most commonly spread to women through sexual contact. Untreated STIs that break the skin, such as genital herpes, give HIV easy access into the bloodstream. African-American women...

STUDY SHOWS THAT WOMEN CAN PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM HIV

Can women take proactive steps to protect themselves from HIV using a vaginal ring that has an antiretroviral drug? According to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health this ring provides a modest level of protection against HIV infection in women, a large clinical trial in four sub-Saharan African countries has found. The ring reduced the risk of HIV infection by 27 percent in the study population overall and by 61 percent among women ages 25 years and older, who used the ring most consistently. Check out Gaudenzia New Options for more health related information by clicking on the link below. https://www.facebook.com/gaudenziahbg/...