April is STD Awareness Month
Do you know your status? #knowyourstatus
“One way to mark the occasion is to get tested for HIV and thus help eradicate the stigma.
A focus on HIV for STD Awareness Month is appropriate since HIV, though preventable, is non-curable and debilitating. HIV testing is now possible with a simple oral swab — no needles required, and results are ready 20 minutes later. Further, the process is completely confidential, and self-test kits can be purchased in local pharmacies, over the counter, for testing at home.”
Stigma continues to surround education, risk reduction strategies, and routine testing for all STI’s (Sexually Transmitted Infections).
“The time to take action is now. All sexually active persons should get themselves tested frequently. If it must be just once a year, then let’s make April the month to get tested at the doctor’s office or for free at a local clinic found at gettested.cdc.gov.”
Read more here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brandon-brown2/get-tested-for-sexually-t_b_9610600.html?utm_hp_ref=healthy-living