I stumbled upon a CNN article the other day featuring a Philadelphia woman who was going door to door, encouraging neighbors living in a zip code with high occurrence of HIV to get tested. The story was inspiring – she realized that like other urban American cities, Philadelphia is at huge risk for having HIV spread and become an even bigger problem. She also recognized that much of this can be prevented through HIV testing. Rapid HIV tests now on the market produce results within 20 minutes. And the breakthroughs in medicine now allow for those who test HIV positive to take medication that can prevent AIDS and even lesson the risk of transmission to another individual.
Read the full CNN article on the Philadelphia woman who went door to door for HIV awareness
Social Activism for HIV
This woman certainly isn’t the first public advocate for HIV and health, and hopefully she won’t be the last. But her enthusiasm inspired us. And we were really jazzed when we realized that there are organizations popping up, such as The One Thing Movement in Philadelphia, that are out to share the word about the dangers of HIV and problems associated with the avoidance of testing. This group advertises and promotes HIV testing throughout the city. What’s awesome is that they’ve made their efforts in a way that they can be easily duplicated in other cities.
As the CNN article explained, some U.S. cities face the same risk of HIV as some African communities. HIV is on the rise, and much of that is because individuals refused to be tested. This campaign, along with the volunteers who are on a mission to spread the word, are out to show the world the seriousness of HIV and importance of HIV testing.
We can only hope that social activism toward the HIV testing cause continues. Not to scare a population and expose our “dirty laundry.” But to ultimately save lives in the process and stop the spread of a disease that can now be treated and minimized if those who carry it are willing to reach out, get tested, and then – get help.