Yesterday Alicia Tweeted this important vid:
“HIV is a women’s issue and we’re not talking about it enough,” Alicia says in the video. “Of the more than a million people living with HIV in the US today, 1 in 4 is a woman. And as mothers, daughters, sisters and friends, many of us have loved ones who’ve been affected. Even if you don’t think you know someone, I bet you do.”
Alicia suggests you check out EMPOWERED, a campaign she’s developed with the org Greater Than AIDS. You can also learn facts about HIV/AIDS at MTV’s It’s Your (Sex) Life, a site that breaks down stereotypes and gives you the basic facts about issues that affect your reproductive and sexual health.
HIV and AIDS affect people all over the globe, and Alicia is right that even if you don’t think you know someone with HIV, you probably do. They might not talk about it because of the stigma surrounding HIV, or they might not even know they have it. That’s why being tested is so important.
HIV might sound scary, but with the right treatment, you can live a long and healthy life with it. By learning about HIV, using protection, getting tested, breaking down stigmas and stereotypes, we can make great strides forward. In the end, Alicia doesn’t want you to feel scared. She wants you to feel EMPOWERED.
Learn more about Alicia Keys' EMPOWERED campaign.
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Learn more about HIV/AIDS, who's at risk, how to protect yourself and more at It's Your (Sex) Life.