AIDS is an epidemic in the United States. It’s not a rumor or a myth; it’s a fact. Last week, during International AIDS Conference 2012, leaders from the worlds of science, diplomacy, politics, philanthropy and entertainment gathered in Washington D.C. to discuss new research, the status of HIV and AIDS in America today, and most importantly, what can and must be done to solve it. The four-day conference prompted hundreds of HIV and AIDS related news headlines throughout the week — many of which highlighted the Black community, and women, as being more at risk than ever before.
Spreading awareness is our greatest weapon against the epidemic. Yet, with so much valuable information circulating so fast, it can be tough to filter out the facts. We’ve compiled a list of what you need to know right now. The first step in promoting awareness is to know your status and the realities of what it means to be a sexually active Black woman in a country where HIV infections are dangerously on the rise. Read on for facts that could save your life.