Hydeia Broadbent was born HIV positive and told that she would not live past the age of 5. Now, some 24 years later she’s alive and well and living a life dedicated to HIV/AIDS awareness, education and advocacy. With today being National HIV Testing Day we’re joining the movement in support of her journey and the millions of Americans living with HIV/AIDS.
While we’ve come a long way from the 80’s and 90’s when the stigma and fear surrounding the virus was paralyzing, it’s still surprising how much people don’t actually know about the disease. Lets start out with a quick fact check:
- Every 9 1/2 minutes someone is infected with HIV
- Blacks equal 14% of the US population but nearly 50% of new cases of infection and people living with AIDS; 7 times higher than whites
- 1 in 16 Black men will contract HIV in his lifetime, 1 in 32 for Black women
And the list goes on. Needless to say this is indisputably an epidemic of grave proportions in our community. But these aren’t scare tactics. The truth is, and this is not to minimize the significance of awareness, however there are real options for those living with HIV now that can help lead to a significantly longer and healthier quality of life. THe key to those options being most effective is early detection. And the best way to achieve early detection is through education, which removes the fear of getting tested. To help work towards this initiative we’ve partnered with Hydeia and numerous other blogs and influential individuals and organizations for the National HIV Testing Day Blog Tour. Available to you now through HydeiaBroadbent.com is a list of HIV testing facilities in your area, as well as facts about HIV prevention and treatment resources. You can also help by contributing to movement through a partnership with Until There’s A Cure.
Whether you living with it or have been affected by it, don’t let today go by without making a step in the right direction.