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”:
5205 Melrose Ave. L.A. 90038
South L.A. (Dr. Ruth Temple Health Center)
3834 S. Western Ave. L.A. 90062
241 N. Figueroa St. L.A. 90012
Or to find a testing center near you, call the L.A. County STD Hotline at
Housing Works, Inc.
130 Crosby St., 7th Floor,
Center for AIDS Research, NYU School of Medicine
Bellevue Hospital, 1st Avenue (at 27th St.),
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
1501 South California Ave Nr 711,
Chicago, IL 60608,
Alivio Medical Center
966 West 21St Street
Chicago, IL 60608-3837
Mile Square Community Health Center
2045 West Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612-2428
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 Private HIV Herpes and STD Testing
3011 W. Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202
Community Health and Social services (CHASS)
5635 West Fort
Detroit, MI 48209-3154
Or to find a place near you visit: detroitstdtesting.com
1108 16th Street, NW,
2301 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE,
Or to find a place in the DMV area visit:
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