HIV Still Exists!

The Dontá Show (blog)


As an HIV educator I come in contact with various lifestyles and circumstances that place people at risk for HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases.  Throughout the years I’ve met a significant amount of teenagers who are uneducated about risk-factors for HIV transmission and engaging in high-risk behavior. This find has nothing to do with sexual orientation or socio-economic status, but more about a simple lack of knowledge regarding basic modes of prevention. What also remains is a deep-rooted stigma about HIV and a fear of being ostracized if they test positive. That being said, it’s obvious that shame and fear play a huge part in how young people deal with the topic of HIV and sex.

I recall a few years ago while providing HIV testing, a young couple came in to do the right thing and find out their status. I was elated to see them taking a…

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