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Act Against Aids and Let’s Stop HIV Together
I grew up in the 80's and this is the time when AIDS really came to the forefront of American culture. We were scared. We didn't know what to do but we knew that AIDS only affected gay people. We were clearly misinformed.
As more and more information was made available, it became clear that AIDS had no boundaries and could affect anyone.
Mothers. Friends. Brothers. Sisters. Fathers. Dreamers. Activists. Partners. Best Friends.
Repeat after me: AIDS can affect anyone. Once I learned this, I changed my mindset. I began to take precautions in my 20's and in fact, I was tested for AIDS a few times by my gynecologist. She said that it couldn't hurt to test just to know for certain. In fact:
Did you know that more than 1 million people in the US are living with HIV?
Did you know that approximately 50,000 Americans become infected with HIV every year?
Did you know that 1 in 5 people living with HIV don't know they have it?
But did you also know that living with HIV doesn’t mean giving up on your hopes and dreams of becoming a mother? That's right. Many people live with HIV every single day and live normal, productive lives. In fact, there is probably someone you know who has HIV. These people look like you and me. These people could be any of us.
Have you heard of the Together network? Participants of the Together network include mothers from all walks of life. These women have moving stories to share – about the lengths they went through to protect their babies or children, the stigma they endured, the strengths they drew upon when they found out about their diagnoses.
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