National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) takes place every March. It’s time to talk candidly about a subject that affects over 37 million people throughout the world.
Statistics show that one out of four people living with HIV are female and only half of them are receiving care. Even more alarming is the fact that only 4 out of 10 women with HIV have the virus under control.
Here’s what women and girls should know about HIV/AIDS prevention.
HIV/AIDS Knowledge for Women & Girls
Use Condoms Every Time You Have Sex
The best defense against pregnancy as well as HIV/AIDS is to protect one’s self with condoms. Make sure to keep some on hand in the event your partner says they don’t have on. Never have sex without a condom even if you think you know a person and their sexual history well.
Get an HIV Test Which is Free and Confidential
If a woman or girl fears that her sexual partner wasn’t completely honest with her, she can get an HIV test at ARCpoint Labs. It’s accurate and confidential making it the right thing to do when there is even the slightest doubt. It’s a good way to show sexual partners that you are disease-free.
Stay committed to your partner. Don’t sneak around or have sex with other people while with them. Ask that your partner also have a free HIV test prior to having sex with them for the first time. Then you’ll both be aware of each other’s sexual past.
Do Not Abuse Alcohol or Drugs
Being under the influence of drugs and alcohol lower your defenses and cause you to do things that you wouldn’t ordinarily do. Don’t skip using a condom because you don’t have one or are too drunk or high to have your partner use one. When in doubt, bail out. If your partner is someone you want to see again, you’ll be ready the next time you meet by having condoms on hand.
“The Best Defense is a Good Offense.” This year’s slogan says a lot about the value of protection. There are many ways you can protect yourself and your unborn children from HIV/AIDS. Among the easiest is to use condoms every time you have sex.