On March 10th, 2018, we celebrated National Women & Girls HIV Awareness Day by using Thunderclap to help our message be heard by saying it together with thousands of other minority women. With a simple pledge of support, it allowed our singular message encouraging women to get tested and #popthequestion to be mass-shared on National Women & Girl’s HIV Awareness Day, flash mob-style, and rise to the top of the social networks
We’ve also partnered with the National Library of Medicine, Social Media Influencer @MissJayDMV, and beauty queens from Miss Black US Ambassador to deliver weekly educational and engaging content to spread the word about HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. Team work makes the dream work and nothing says #blackgirlmagic like a group of powerful women with their allies standing together to fight against one common cause.
Here’s four quick tips to improve your success to getting your man tested
Put yourself out there. Word it in a way that’s shows you’re also willing to take the brave walk with them. For example try saying, “I think it would be smart if we both got tested for the sake of our health.” You stand a better chance of getting them to follow through when you offer for the two of you to do it together.
Come home equipped with your STD/HIV test results already completed. Sharing the results not only shows through action that you care about their health, but also implies that they should care about yours too and do the same.
When the media offers up estimates pertaining to the number of individuals each year that become newly infected with HIV, people perk an ear up to listen. The Center for Disease Control states, “while blacks represent approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population, they account for almost half of people living with HIV in the U.S (46%). If you present someone with this information or show them a place where they can find it, it might aid in your mission to relay the importance of knowing whether you are or aren’t HIV Positive.
Asking someone to know more about their health isn’t a far-fetched request by any means. It’s one of the smartest moves two people can make towards securing a healthy future for one another Don’t waste your time with someone who doesn’t care about how much time either of you has to live past today. Get tested, or move on.
Hear from Miss Black US Ambassador Beauty Queens how they have personally taken control of their sexual health
Black communities disproportionately bear the brunt of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in America. Almost half of all new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. in 2016 occurred within the black community alone, and in the year prior, black Americans accounted for 52 percent of HIV/AIDS-related deaths in our country. These numbers are alarming on their own but carry additional weight when considering black Americans make up only about 12 percent of the total U.S. population. And when looking at African-American women specifically, the HIV prevalence rate for black women is 18 times greater than the rate for White and Hispanic women.