AIDS: Women Lie. Men Lie. Numbers Don’t.

Women lie. Men lie. Numbers don’t. Although most times that statement is used to fuel debates between artists and scorned lovers, when discussing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in minority communities it stands as an absolute. With 70% of new HIV/AIDS cases reportedly being those of African American women and more than 46% of the 1.1 million HIV/AIDS cases in the US alone being those of African American men and women…the numbers are too strong to ignore. No one really knows how HIV/AIDS was first transmitted but we do know it is deadly and as an African American woman I feel it is my duty to urge everyone to get tested and know his or her status. It is completely free and relatively painless to “be in the know” and many companies spend billions of dollars each year to make it “cool” to be tested but honestly, it shouldn’t take that. It starts with respect for yourself and then respect for every human being you come in contact with because let’s face it; ish happens, we can’t really keep life from smacking us with a couple of regrets after a long irresponsible weekend but what we can do is make sure that the regrets don’t turn into something much more permanent.  Here at Edge we always want to provide our community of supporters with ways to live their best life. Here are some places in major cities where you can get tested and “be in the know”:

Los Angeles

Hollywood-Wilshire

5205 Melrose Ave.
L.A. 90038

(323) 769-7932

South L.A. (Dr. Ruth Temple Health Center)

3834 S. Western Ave.
L.A. 90062

(323) 730-3507

Central L.A.

241 N. Figueroa St.
L.A. 90012

(213) 240-8225

Or to find a testing center near you, call the L.A. County STD Hotline at

(800) 758-0880

New York

Housing Works, Inc.

130 Crosby St., 7th Floor,

(212) 966-0466

Center for AIDS Research, NYU School of Medicine

Bellevue Hospital, 1st Avenue (at 27th St.),

212-263-3570

Free rapid HIV testing by appointment only.  Call 212-263-3570 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to make your appointment.

Or to find out about more free, confidential centers near you call the NY State HIV/AIDS Information Service at (800) 541-AIDS

Chicago

Access Community Health Network ,

1501 South California Ave Nr 711,

Chicago, IL 60608,

866-882-2237

Alivio Medical Center

966 West 21St Street

Chicago, IL 60608-3837

773-254-1400

Mile Square Community Health Center

2045 West Washington Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60612-2428

312-996-2000

Or to find a testing center near you visit the Chicago Department of Public Health’s website: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdph.html/HIV/HIVPolicyandPrograms.html

Detroit

Detroit Private HIV Herpes and STD Testing

3011 W. Grand Blvd

Detroit, MI 48202

(888) 249-6716

Community Health and Social services (CHASS)

5635 West Fort

Detroit, MI 48209-3154

Phone: 313-849-3920

Or to find a place near you visit: detroitstdtesting.com

Washington, DC

Planned Parenthood

1108 16th Street, NW,

Washington, DC

(202) 347-8512

Max Robinson Center of Whitman-Walker Clinic

2301 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE,

Washington, DC

(202) 678-8877

Or to find a place in the DMV area visit:

http://dc.about.com/od/healthandfitness/a/HIVTesting.htm

And of course always remember the best ways to ensure you do not come in contact with HIV/AIDS and other harmful STDs are to

1) completely abstain from sexual activities or 2) properly use contraceptives. Respect yourself. Respect others. Respect your community. Make a difference. Be “in the know”.

For more information about HIV, AIDS and HIV Testing, see http://aids.about.com

27 Comments

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  3. Fear of rejection, fear of judgment, fear of the unknown….FEAR. This one word explains so many wrongs that we inflict on ourselves and on others. Respect is the anti-fear. Respect ourselves and life becomes simple and falls into place. Get tested, get serious about loving the gift of our lives, our childrens lives and our partners. The day I let go my death grip on fear was the day that I began really living. AIDs is out there, AIDs is prevelant. Not being scared, but being real…love and respect to protect. Thank you, Edge for this in your face article on AIDs.

    The women and men who compiled and took part in this magazine really live their lives. It is obvious in their choice of people featured in the articles and the writing itself. Fabulously, positive and well worth the time. I will definitely be back.

    AIDs is out there, AIDs is prevelant, not being scared, but being real.

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