Today is World AIDS Day, a day to “act aware” of HIV and AIDS and get involved in the many efforts that are underway to raise money, raise awareness, and learn the latest information on protecting yourself and others.
There are a lot of community events going on in Atlanta – which is a great way to meet new people, by the way (just sayin‘):
Atlanta City Hall will hold a candlelight vigil at 5:00 pm; “Mayor Kasim Reed is partnering with (RED)™ to show his support in the fight to help eliminate AIDS by turning Atlanta City Hall and other buildings around the city (RED)™ ”
Most importantly, it’s a great day to get tested. It’s all about education and prevention and supporting those who are living with HIV and AIDS. How do you plan to get involved?
Obviously, single people have to consider HIV and AIDS if they decide to become intimate with partners. It can become an awkward conversation for some, but it’s better to grin and bear it so that you can get the information you need to safeguard yourself.
Really scary fact: Recent CDC reports puts Georgia and the south as regions/areas with higher numbers of new HIV diagnoses. The silver lining is that more people are getting tested.
How do you handle the conversation? Who brings up protection options? When do you ask about testing? Would you be willing to go get tested with your date to establish trust?
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