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National HIV Testing Day!

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Hello Everyone!

Aspirations of Life would like to remind everyone that June 27th is national HIV testing day. HIV, scientifically known as the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is the virus that causes AIDS. It is spread when bodily fluids—semen, vaginal fluids, blood, and breast milk– from a person infected with HIV enter another person’s body. The virus attacks  cells which normally defend the body against illness.  HIV weakens a person’s immune system so that the body can no longer fight off other diseases and infections. With new aged medicine and early detection, many people can live and maintain a lifestyle with HIV. Over 1.1 million people are currently living in the US with HIV. We want to stress the importance of getting tested as well as taking action early based on your results. Although there isn’t a cure, many can now live without fear or shame. For more information on HIV/Aids please visit the KNOW website . We always want to remind everyone that YOU or YOUR teenagers are not exempt from this information. We will always promote abstinence but remember to give those that choose another way the alternative to being safe which is of course protecting yourself by using contraceptives such as condoms and being tested regularly.

where_can_I_go_for_help There are many places to get tested; some healthcare providers are offering free HIV testing at select Walgreens. This link can also help you determine your area where free testing is being offered. Don’t miss out on the opportunity testing, begins on June 26-28, 2014. Additionally, other clinics and health care centers such as planned parenthood can offer locations too! We want to provide you all with all of the right tools to end the confusion and stigmas associated with the virus. Please get tested and pass this information to your children, family, and friends! As a community organization we need to remain accountable for our community —those in and around it.

 

Remember June 27th is National HIV Testing Day!

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~Until next time~

 

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