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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...

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....

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...

Stress and its effects on HIV/AIDS

Hey Sis! I hope you are manifesting things in your life that you have been striving towards, for years now. So if you’ve been hanging around all month, you’ll know that I have been focusing a lot on stress and how it affects you and different parts of your life, and today is no different. Stress is one of those things that if we don't learn how to manage it properly, it will run rampant in our bodies. When your dealing with an infection like HIV/AIDS the last thing you need is something like stress overwhelming you and weakening your body’s defenses even further. What does stress do to the body? There is a myriad of ways that stress can affect your body. Some of the most...

Is Homophobia in our community keeping HIV/AIDS rates high?

Hey everyone! I hope things are going well in your lives, and that you are all working towards your dreams. Usually on Mondays I come with factual articles regarding some fact about HIV/IDS or regarding living with HIV/AIDS.  Today however, I wanted to talk about something that has been on my heart a lot lately. This article is about my opinion, and doesn’t reflect the beliefs of BGH as a whole, but solely reflects on me and what I believe. I am not an employee of BGH so the words I am writing are my responsibility and mine alone. Now that the disclaimer is out of the way I wanted to connect to things that I believe run hand in hand, Homophobia, and HIV/AIDS rates...

Sexual assault and HIV | Sexual assault awareness month| HIV awareness

It's very unfortunate, but times are changing, and much to my dismay, things are becoming more dark and grim. I’d love to be calling out April Fools today when I talk about the high risk of contracting HIV/AIDS from being sexually assaulted, but this is no joke. Every month has its own awareness campaigns and April is no different, this month its sexual assault awareness month. What is sexual assault? Sexual assault is an act in which a person intentionally sexually touches another person without that person's consent, or coerces or physically forces a person to engage in a sexual act against their will. From reading this definition you can understand why it plays a role in the amount of people who contract HIV on a yearly...

Effects of Drug and Alcohol Abuse on HIV/AIDS

Earlier this month we talked about HIV/AIDS and nutrition. Specifically how your nutrition (or lack thereof) can affect your health, and your ability to fight the disease. While we are on the subject of taking good care of our bodies, we can’t forget to have a conversation about a major player in the HIV/AIDS world, and that is the consumption of alcohol and other drugs. Using alcohol and other drugs can affect HIV/AIDS in 2 distinct ways, and we will get more into that in a minute, but for now I want to take a minute to define the abuse of these drugs. Alcohol and Drug abuse When we talk about drugs we know that doing them is a no-no in the first place right? Well, it...

The Life and Message of Lady Chablis | HIV Awareness | Activist Spotlight

Hey out there, I hope you all are doing well. Recently as I was looking up more information about HIV/AIDS infections and rates, I started to feel kind of sad. It is disheartening to think about things like death rates among those infected by HIV, and I feel like there is too much of a focus on that in the media outlets we find on and offline. So today I thought that it may be more fun and uplifting to celebrate the life of one of the most dynamic and groundbreaking women In the HIV community, Miss Lady Chablis. In 2016, one of the great fallen stars has returned to heaven. The Lady Chablis, was an African American, transgender, author, activist, actress and performer who...

HIV/AIDS activist Spotlight| Hydeia Broadbent

Hey sis! I’m hope that you are only accepting positive energies and good vibes into your life on this beautiful Monday. In celebration of international women’s month, I wanted to take the time to highlight an amazing activist, with an amazing story. That young woman is Hydeia Broadbent. Hydeia Broadbent is a young HIV/Aids Activist  who has set out to change the view of HIV/AIDS and the stigma attached to it over the years. Hydeia was born HIV and her infection did not progress to AIDS until around age 3, around the time she found out about it. In 1996 when she was only 11 she went on Oprah to talk about her life with aids, and begin her role as an activist. Even at...